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“What if I could recognize when the proverbial memory cameras are rolling, collecting footage that my kids will eventually replay in reminiscence, once they are parents, and then step into the frame, so that I might become an important actor in those moments?” Josh Misner
Let me share a sad fact from my experience. Your children are here with you now, but all too soon they will grow up and go out to live independent lives.
They won’t be with you forever
If you are in the midst of parenting young children it’s probably hard to imagine. You are so used to the constant noise and activity that it’s easy to forget it won’t always be that way. In fact the thought of some peace and quiet may be really appealing.
But I want to tell you that the time you have with your children will go by at lightening speed.
The time to connect with your children is NOW.
I know that life can seem overwhelming at times. We live in a fast paced society and there is so much to do and so little time to do it. But as parents there is nothing more important than establishing strong connections with your children.
Now is the time
Your children are with you now. You only have a very limited time in which to read stories, snuggle, build forts, jump in puddles, give piggy-back rides, chase away monsters, kiss it better, have a burping contest, tell corny jokes, do silly dances, build the biggest tower ever, have water fights, or play tickle tag with them.
You won’t always be able to play dress up and have tea parties with them.
But you can connect TODAY.
You can do it NOW.
Don’t waste another second!
Cleaning house can wait. The garden can wait. The “to do” list can wait. Work can wait.
I would like to encourage you to turn off your screen right now and go connect with your children.
- Give them a hug
- Read one of their favorite stories, or two, or three…
- Try an easy art project
- Raid the kitchen cupboards for pots and spoons and forming a marching band
- Do something silly with your kids
- Have a dance party
- Going outside to spot all the signs of spring or (fill in whatever season you are experiencing).
- Play ball, marbles, hopscotch or throw a Frisbee.
And later, after you have had some fun together and made some memories, drop back for a moment and leave a comment. How did you connect with your children today?
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Editors note: this post was originally published in April 2013