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Posted on Woodworkers with small children - how do you budget time for the shop?

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#1 posted 05-29-2013 11:52 AM

First I will say, “Congrats!”.

Then I’ll try to help you with some advice…
The shop will be there. The time to enjoy your little one will slip away. My kids are grown now, but I always cherish the memories of when they were little. My youngest is still home. He’s 27. He still kisses me and his mom goodbye when he goes to work in the morning.

If there is work that needs to be done, and for which you need some shop time, then your wife’s way of helping might be to take care of the baby while you work in the shop. But there’s a balance. No matter how much work you have to do, you still have a wife and a baby. The shop work may simply get broken down into smaller chunks of time so you can go hold your daughter while mommy takes a nice relaxing soak in the tub, or just goes out and reads a few chapters in a book out on the porch, or whatever makes HER feel good.

The jobs will take a little longer because now you have to spread your time and spend it wisely. If your wife has jobs for you to do that she wants done in a hurry, then you adjust the balance. A little more shop time.

But always, always, always, take time for them both above all else. You already know what’s important. Prioritize your time accordingly. :)

I’m in my 60s now. I was killed in a car accident in 2001. Every single day is a gift and TIME….. time is both your friend and your enemy. Time with family is precious, but time is also being spent constantly and you can’t stop it, so whether you spend it with them, spend it in the shop, or spend it doing nothing at all…’re still spending. Get the most you can out of it.

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