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My kids drive me crazy. They’re not bad kids, they’re just, well… relentless. They desire nothing more than to spend their days basking in my presence and attention. I receive no breaks. (Okay, that’s not entirely true, but some days feel like it.) At ages two and four, my little people love “helping” me with just about any task—except for the chores that I specifically ask them to do. They ply me with more questions than an interrogator on a hot case. The minute I finally sit down, they clamber on my lap and plead earnestly for a book-reading session or healthy dose interactive play.

On some days I just want to ship them off to daycare, or at least park them in front of the television for eight hours. (Not that daycare is bad; I understand its necessity for many families.) Yet, on those particularly frustrating “mom” days, I try to remind myself that childhood is fleeting at best. God granted me only a few precious years during which my children actually want to spend time with me. Before I know it, the call of their peers will drown their desire to hang out with Mom. Instead of clinging to my every word and mimicking my actions they’ll view me as old fashioned and embarrassing.

Cherish These Moments

Therefore, I cherish these precious preschool moments and strive to make the most of this window of time. Right here, right now is my opportunity to train and teach them; I’d be a fool not to capitalize on it. I’ll never look back and wish I’d worked more or spent more “me” time. I’ll have plenty of time for that when they’re grown. My more likely retrospective wish is to have spent more time enjoying and influencing the children that graced my home so briefly.

I hate regrets.

“Kids, how about a walk to the park?”

(Interestingly enough, I notice that if I spend even 15 minutes reading, playing, or otherwise interacting with my children, they are then much better at entertaining themselves while I go about my own work. Thus, I accomplish much more than if I simply tried to plow through my tasks while fending off their constant interruptions. I view it as an investment—for now and for eternity.)

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