It has been interesting to watch just how mindful myself and my husband are with the children. I am absolutely sure that all of us do not pay enough attention to our children. I noticed a number of times when my kids had to say either mum or dad five or more times before we responded. On the flip side, it is rare for me to get a response from my children without calling out for them more than once!
But for a child, what are they learning or taking on when we don’t respond to them as soon as we can? Will they perhaps give up on asking us questions? Do they start to feel that what they have to say is not really valued? I wonder…
I adore Twitter and the lovely community that I have developed there, but it does take me away from my children from time to time and not in a good way. This could be true of many past times that we have such as watching sports, reading books and magazines, surfing the net for good recipes and the like.
As a mum who also runs a business, I have learnt the value in dividing my day into segments where I focus on particular activities. This includes assigning clear times for my children, my work, my housework, fitness and social time (oh, and my marriage). Like all good mothers, I have to be flexible and know that my days never go to plan. Like right now! Better get back to the children – they are fascinated with my typing and I had better be mindful of them.
What choices are you making in this moment for your relationship with your children?