There’s always a lot to do in our home, with activities and chores. This week we are scrambling as we get ready to host more than 20 people for Thanksgiving!
Yesterday, while I worked in the kitchen cleaning and cooking I thought about the pile of clothes on my bed that I still had to fold. As I put away the last few cups, I heard my little girl ask me “Mami, can I sit on your lap.”
She didn’t ask me to read a book or to play with her, simply to sit on my lap. It touched me because I realized that she was just asking for cuddle time and attention. I stopped and sat on the couch with her and spent a few moments listening to her sweet ramblings and tickling her chubby toes.
Our days rush by full of activities. We all have good intentions and want to be faithful to the needs of our families but it is so easy to overlook their REAL needs, I do it all the time. More than a clean kitchen and folded laundry my kids need ME. I have to be reminded often to slow down and spend time…quality time with the people that I love. The kind of time that involves REAL CONNECTION.
After the few moments with my daughter I went on to tackle the next thing on my list, and then the next. Many things DID get done yesterday, but as always not all. In the evening, while the laundry lay on my bed, STILL unfolded, I invited my girls out to the patio. The night was clear and warm…65 degrees! Very uncharacteristic in mid-November in NE Ohio.
We grabbed our pillows and blankets and looked up at the stars. It wasn’t long, but such a special time. My 5-year-old even saw a few “shooting stars”. I knew they were airplanes, but I loved listening to her as she closed her eyes and made a wish.
It’s the next morning as I write this and I STILL haven’t folded the laundry. I just finished writing in my journal a short list of amazing things that happened yesterday. The moments under the stars last night with my daughters made the top of the list. It added much more value to my family than any completed chore.
What ways have you found to best connect with YOUR children? Board games? Walks? Reading together? Would love to hear from YOU!