Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Making Time

Some days I am so busy preparing food, serving food, cleaning up food, washing dishes, doing laundry, running errands, changing diapers, etc., etc., etc., that I forget to actually play with my children. Oh, I'll read Stephanie a story while feeding Joseph his bottle, and I've even passed off "standing on a step stool 'helping'  while I wash dishes" as quality time. But some days I truly don't take the chance to sit on the floor and play with her. (Joseph is still so little that I think I get a pass on that for now. We get a lot of quality interaction in during middle of the night feedings.) I know that it's the Christmas season, so i'm busy buying and wrapping gifts, planning Christmas dinner, having gatherings with friends and family, and baking. But that's really not an excuse. I need to make an effort to ensure that my kids know how important they are to me, and to do that I need to take time each day, put everything aside, and play.

The other day I asked Stephanie if she wanted to color with me. Her face lit up, and she shrieked in delight. We spent about 15 minutes at the table together, and you would think she had won the lottery. What a good lesson for me, especially during this time of year. The quality of the time we spend together is more important than any gift could ever be. My New Years resolution starts early this year, and from here on out i'm making an effort to spend more "fun" time each day with my children.

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