Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Time to Stop and Think
Or would they remember you talking to them? Teaching them? Letting them go at their own pace when possible?
It is so easy to get impatient with our kids. It takes less time to yell than it does to get down on their level and explain and redirect. It's easier to stem the flow of questions than to answer "why" a million times, even looking up answers you don't know. It's hard not to think about the thousands of other things we could, and maybe even should, be doing instead of joining our kids in living in the moment.
But I know how I would rather be remembered.
It's not about throwing discipline out the window or not hurrying my kids along when necessary. It's about going the extra mile to be the mom I really want to be. The mom I want my kids to remember, whether I die tomorrow or live to be 100.
Then tonight I took Amelia to the park after the boys were bathed and in their pajamas. We played and laughed and lived in the moment. It was reenergizing.
And we'll be doing a lot more living in the moment and connecting with our kids.
Because no matter how many years we get on this earth, life is still too short.
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