40 Ways to be Present in Your Child’s Day


Tricia Goyer really nails it when she lists how we can be present in our childrens’ day: this articlereally hit home for me.  In the busy-ness of my day, I am so guilty of offering a show for the kids to watch just so I can get the dishes washed or some packing done.  Often I tell Chloe to ‘Go play!  You’re a kid, why won’t you play?!’  Today was a day where we watched a little bit more tv than we normally (or should) do and that is something I really want to fix.  It seems like a lot of our time and energy is wasted on tv.

I was really happy to read that I did a lot of the things in this article and encouraged by the suggestions.  Some that I really want to work on are:

11. Ignore the dishes, the laundry, the vacuuming for the first hour of the day and start the day off with your child.

26. Exercise together!

32. Go on a lunch date.

38. Turn off the Television

39. Forgive yourself. Don’t let your mind wander to the past and all the ways you’ve messed up as a parent. Give that to God.

40. If you find yourself thinking/worrying about the future file that away for later when your kids are in bed. Better yet, give that to God, too!



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