Moments To Never Pass Up With Your Child
You Will Never Regret These Decisions...
Parents are busy people, constantly moving and unable to rest most days. Life is hectic with children. You have a house to clean, play dates to keep, appointments to make, and children to take care of. Anyone that has children knows that it can be hard to stop and really enjoy them. Even if you don’t admit it often there are times that you just do not want to sit down with your son because you need to be getting out the door to get his sister to the doctor for her shots, (what fun). It is so important to make time to enjoy our children and let them enjoy us. We want to give our children the best childhood possible. We want them to feel like they are the most precious special gift in our lives, and they are so why is it so hard to just stop sometimes. Below is a list of 10 moments that are so special you should never pass them up when asked. If that means your house doesn’t get spotless before you go to that appointment then so be it.
1. They ask for a cuddle- Stop for a minute, a solid minute, to hold your child close so that they know not one thing in this world is more important than holding them close and telling them how much they are loved.
2. They want you to read them a book- Not a novel but a few pages in a book will only take you 3 minutes at most. It is important for children to know that you can stop your busy schedule to give them your attention.
3. They want to talk to you- Some children really LIKE to talk. After hours of listening sometimes you just want quiet, but if your darling baby wants to talk to you then take that time to speak with them and understand what they are saying.
4. They want to help you clean up- Yet another activity it can be hard to let your child “help” with. They usually make more of mess than they clean, but it is helping them learn a skill while they are spending quality time with you get to get your house in order.
5. They want to play with you- Of course you have so many things to do that sitting down on the floor may not be on your list, but it should be! Watching your child’s eyes light up while you play will be worth more than any gratification you get from crossing off something on your to-do list.
6. They want to dance with you- A song comes over the radio while you are picking up the same basket of toys for the 3rd time today and your little one wants to boogie. Don’t say you are busy; show your child that you want to have fun with them.
7. They want to “relax” with you- This is usually code for I want to watch TV or I am tired but don’t dare tell you because you will lay me down for a nap. Go ahead this will probably be the only time you are going to get to do it anyway so you may as well sit down.
8. They want to show you something they are proud of- Keep in mind that sometimes you will miss this moment if you are not paying attention to what they are telling you. It can be so hurtful for a child if they have done something they feel is so important and they do not get a big reaction from their parent. Give them a high five and a big hug!
9. They want to help you cook- Pending it isn’t dangerous for them to do so let them. If it is a bit sketchy give them SOMETHING they can do, let them measure out salt and pepper even. Yes it’s faster if you do it. Yes you won’t make such a big mess (most of the time), but again it’s a life skill they are learning while spending time with you. Also you do not have to worry about keeping them busy while you get the food around.
10. They say they love you- One of the sweetest things in the entire world, (I am tearing up as I think about the times my children have said I love you for no reason at all). Don’t just give them a nice little I love you back. Run to your child, hug and kiss them and tell them how much you love them back.
Think about how many times you have told your child you are busy and how hard it would have really been to sit down for a few minutes and give your child what they are asking you for. Give them your time, attention, and admiration.