It seems like we have less of it with every passing year. As a parent, time can be our best friend or our worst nemesis and too often we catch ourselves wishing we had more of it. With the holidays upon us, it seems we’re caught in a million and one directions. Between cooking, shopping, running around and last minute work deadlines, time is a rare commodity.
In the midst of all this, there are our kids.
This is also the time of the year, we spend lots of energy acquiring and bestowing upon them what we think they want most from us. Maybe a new game console, that favorite toy or clothing from their favorite store. Whatever that special gift is, I really don’t believe your kids and mine want anything more than our quality time. So this year, when tying bright bows around red wrapping paper, take the opportunity to wrap a special card. In it let’s make a gift of a promise to spend more time with the ones who need us the most – our children. And here’s a few ideas to help you along:
1. “I promise to take you on a ‘Date Night’ two times per month. You pick the venue and I will give you my undivided attention”.
2. “I promise to start building that tree house you talked about tomorrow. Just you and me and we’ll build the best one ever”.
3. “I promise to read Harry Potter with you every night before you go to bed. I can’t wait to start”.
You get the idea.
When all the video games from Christmas have been played out, the toys have lost their luster and the new jeans too small, the one thing that will remain constant in their lives will be you. So together, let’s make sure we make the most of the time that we have and dedicate it to the ones we love the most.
Happy Holidays to fellow parents near and far. Peace.
Give your kids what they need most this holiday….You