One tip that has helped make our family lives smoother is to always 'end on a high note'. I used to eek out every second of joy out of an outing, leaving only once there was the inevitable breakdown. Now I leave when we are all having a great time. No breakdowns. No stress.
This keeps me energized throughout the weekend. Activities with the kids leave me energized versus drained. And, let’s be honest — with two small kids, leaving on a high note is probably only cutting out of 10 minutes of fun before the breakdowns ensue.
I’m starting to apply this to other parts of my life, too. At a recent conference, I went to one too many talks, feeling like I was hit by a bus. Should have ended on a high note. Sounds crazy, but sometimes doing less is also doing less fun, too.
Leave a little gas in the tank. You’ll thank yourself later.