March 22, 2012

Present

kids
I did something today.
I made a conscious effort to listen to my children.
To give them my full attention.
Sadly, I let myself get caught up with the everyday chaos of living life and then realize at the end of the day that I did not give my kids all they deserve.
Me.
They deserve their Mommas attention.

So I gave it to them.

I pushed my almost 4 year old daughter on the swing and giggled with her as her tummy tickled from going so high.
I played basketball with my two boys and even acted a little goofy.
OK. Alot.
Oldest child told me all about his school day.
I listened.
Middle child told me how to play the game "Grounders".
I told him how I used to play Tether ball and Orange Crush.
He rolled his eyes.

Whatever.

I need to do this more often because sometimes I forget just how much they need their Momma to be "present" in their lives.
*sniff*

How do you keep a balanced life?
Are you "present" in the lives of your children?

Try it out. It is fun.

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9 comments:

Gigi said...

It's so easy to get caught up in the everyday stuff. Glad you stopped and spent the time "in the moment."

Melissa Rheinlander said...

I am still trying to learn how to balance everything!!

Stacy Uncorked said...

I do make sure I make time to give my kids undivided attention - sometimes apparently I annoy Princess Nagger with the extra attention, because she'll ask "Don't you need to blog or something?" when she wants to do her own thing without my interference. ;) But I relish the times she wants to cuddle or play games with me. I know those moments won't last forever! :)


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TheAngelForever said...

I think trying to maintain balance in the hustle and bustle of life during the school year is hard for me. I often have to stop and remind myself that the kids will only be this age for so long and to enjoy it.

I am Harriet said...

I was very much into my kids lives while they were growing up. I was also cautious to give them space.


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Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye said...

Sometimes we do need to just step back, forget about everything that needs to be done and just 'be' with our kids. I think these are the moments they remember best. Lovely blog. Thanks for linking up with Twinkle in the Eye.

Jenners said...

I am constantly working on doing this more often and for longer periods. It can be a struggle sometimes but the feeling when you do it is priceless.

Elaine A. said...

I'm trying to be better about this too. Trying, trying, trying...

Kailani said...

I know I'm not as present as I should be. I'm always determined to do better but don't always succeed. But I keep trying.