Q: Sundays after church are always go-go-go for my family. Youth sports and errands tend to dominate these afternoons, and I don't like our pattern of "busy-ness." How can we reclaim a restful Sunday?
A: Setting aside a day of rest can be a challenge for today's families. It's common for parents and kids to use their weekends to catch up on tasks left undone during the week, such as shopping, homework and housework.
A day of rest is more likely to happen when parents plan ahead and make it an overarching priority in their family's weekly schedule.
Break up the tasks you would normally do on Sunday afternoons. Scatter them in small chunks throughout the week and move toward the goal of building as much unscheduled time as possible into your day of rest.
Learn to say "no" to things that detract from that goal.
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