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!