Family vs. friends on the weekend

Jamee Tenzer, Parent Coach & Author, shares advice for for parents on how to balance their children's time spent with friends and time with family during the weekend
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Family vs. friends on the weekend

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So when our children want to spend time with friends on the weekends and we prefer to have that dedicated family time, I think we need to be flexible. Children need to be able to have their social experiences with their peers. So maybe there is a way to modify that a little bit. Maybe you can carve out some dedicated family time and really have a conversation with your kids about why that’s important to you. And at the same time allow them to have some time with their friends. Some other options are to invite a friend to go on a family activity, so you’re still having your family do something, but your child gets to have a friend also. Another thing we’ve done as a family is get together with other families who have children who are friends with our children, so that, again, it’s not them going off for a play date, but we’re doing something with another family and they get to have that social interaction they need. My own experience is that as kids grow older – and I have a couple of teenagers – is that we really need to be flexible and take that family time when it comes. If my children, my older children, are home on a Friday afternoon or a Saturday night, I really try to optimize that time with them, because they’re more and more needing to be with their peers.
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Jamee Tenzer, Parent Coach & Author, shares advice for for parents on how to balance their children's time spent with friends and time with family during the weekend

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Jamee Tenzer, PCC

Parent Coach & Author

In 2002, Jamee Tenzer founded CMQ Coaching, a private practice with a focus on working mothers and female executives. She works with her clients to integrate their professional and personal lives in order to make their vision real in the workplace without giving up the experience they want at home.  She is also a trainer, mentor, author and small business coach. Her writing has been published in magazines, she is a contributor to numerous websites, writes a monthly newsletter “Coach Me Quick!” and manages “Executive Moms” on LinkedIn. In 2006, she co-authored, 101 Great Ways To Improve Your Life, and in April of 2012 she published her first Coach Me Quick!; Balance Your Work and Family Life with Less Stress and More Fun.

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