I think that almost all parent's want to be in their children's memories. I guess we sometimes forget that we aren't guaranteed a slot in our children's memories…just because we happen to be their parent! Maybe I should say we aren't guaranteed a slot in their good memories!
When I saw this quote…To Be In Your Children's Memories…I just loved it and thought it was a GREAT reminder for me. I figured if it was helpful to me…that it might be helpful to you! 🙂
I am a task oriented person. I like to feel like I am accomplishing something. I like to see the “end” product of what I have accomplished. Being a mom isn't always easy for a task oriented person!
I don't see a concrete “end” product when I sit down and build a tower of mega blocks with my two-year old. (other than the tower I just built that she promptly destroys :-)) I have to push aside my to-do list when I stop and paint my 8-year-old's finger nails. I sometimes have to forget how tired I am when my 13-year-old wants to talk to me about the “drama” at her middle school.
I have never been that good at spending the really good “quality” time with my kids. Sure..I love to take them on outings…I put a ton of effort into making Christmas magical, etc. The day-to-day stuff….like reading them a book, coloring with them, etc. is harder for me.
I honestly do work at it…and I don't think I have scarred my kids for life or anything, but I do think I can do a better job at this! I think reading this quote regularly will help!
It snowed this weekend…we finally got enough snow to actually do something with! (I know…most of the country has had more than enough this year…Kansas….not so much!) My husband came home early from work on Saturday and we played outside with the kids. My husband really doesn't like snow….I am the one who LOVES it! I know he would have rather done a million other things….but we talked about it and we both realized that this was probably the only shot we would have to play out in the snow with our kids when they are this age!
Basically…this “To Be In Your Children's Memories” quote is just a reminder that being present today will mean everything to your kids in the future.
Is it easy for you to be present with your kids or do you struggle with it like I do sometimes?
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Laura | Baking Outside the Box says
Thanks for this thought this morning. It makes me think of what Emily in ‘Our Town’ says at the end of her monologue: “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it–every,every minute?”
So true Laura!
Absolutely, it’s the little things in our everyday lives that count!
I totally agree. I was just commenting on your Facebook page that it can be hard to focus on what matters when you blog from home… There’s always one more thing you can do to better maintain your blog. Thanks for the reminder to tune in more with the family. 🙂
Thanks so much!
I agree! I’m loving all the time I get with my kids. It’s amazing to watch them grow, learn and thrive. It’s a privilege.
Sabrina @ Pink Little Notebook says
That’s beautiful and so true! Live in the present not the future!
Chene Atkins- Whittington says
I really need to work on this as well. I’m all about the family outings, but a special one on one moments are hard to do with four kids. I also know that’s an excuse. I really can do better at this,
I am the same way Chene!! We can do this!!