Week 5: Just a second!
I was able to snap just a few pictures before I joined in on the fun! I had a minor epiphany last night...I was cooking dinner and as usual, it was stressful. My youngest is a child who enjoys (and sometimes demands) being held. I usually don't mind, but during the dinner rush, it can get overwhelming very fast. My oldest child is very well tempered and plays nicely on his own. He will occasionally ask me to play cars or throw him high, but he is never very demanding about it. During all the chaos of dinner, I realized something. I use the phrase "just a second" or "in a minute" or "maybe later" way too much.
It's not that I don't want to play airplane, or chase him around the house, or build a barn for his tractors, but I let life get busy. I do just a few more dishes thinking I really will play in a minute only to realize an hour has passed and he has moved on.
I remember reading another mom's reflection about how someday her children stopped asking. They simply understood that "later" meant "no". It's not like I neglect my kids, but when I look back on their childhood, I want to remember those daily play time activities. I want to help my children learn and share, not think about all the dishes I did during that time.
Now, this post is not about self-shaming me into playing with my kids- quite the contrary. We all have our days and we have to manage our time and our words carefully, right? I have just noticed, especially with this 52 week blogging challenge, that I WANT to play with our kids. I want to play with them a thousand times more than I want to do the dishes!
So...enjoy your families, your dogs, your spouses and your friends. I plan to minimize the "just a second" phrases today and trade them for laughing and giggling while we build a barn and chase each other around the house!
Keywords: 2016, 52 week challenge, Arizona, Stay-at-home mom, family, kids, photographer, play, smiles
I do this all the time too... Thank you for reminding me that the dishes can wait.
Love this post! Such a great reminder that these are the moments that mean something to our children, not just in the present but the future.
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