I Was Giving Her Time

I am often reminded that our children want us to invest in their lives.  They don’t tell us that in those words but that is what they desire.  Our children want to be seen, to be heard, to be loved by their parents.  

I Was Giving Her Time

I have two children and a husband that is gone a lot on business.  When you are the parent that is staying home to homeschool, to cook meals, to take children to their dance classes, to prepare for those speech therapists that are coming to your home; life can get exhausting. We all have those days that are exhausting.  I am reminded daily that my children need me.  They  need me to set aside the computer and the lessons and focus on them.  I am reminded that sometimes during school when my daughter chases those rabbit trails, it is okay to follow her.  I am amazed what I hear her telling me when I give her some room.  I hear her trying to make sense of the world that she lives in.

My daughter recently celebrated her seventh birthday.  One of her birthday presents was a knitting loom.  I wanted to get her something that we could do together.  I didn’t realize what I was really doing by giving her that present.  I was giving her time with her mom. Time where we could sit and knit in our “Knitting Club” and just talk about everything.  She could tell me things that are important to her.  Those topics don’t have to be deep but the mere fact that they are important to her means they are important to me, too.  This has been a time where we get to sit down and “relax” and just be with each other. I don’t think that knitting is something that she LOVES to do, but I do think that she LOVES to spend time with her mom.

These times are the important times in our life where we invest in our children.  Each child craves something different and we have to figure out how to invest in our children.

Author Bio

Angela is a homeschooling mom of two beautiful children. She had a change of heart about homeschooling when it was time to enroll her sweet daughter in school. She now blogs about her journey with homeschooling at Homeschooling — A Change of Heart. She is married to her best friend Jeff. Two weeks out of every month Angela holds down the home front while Jeff travels for business. Angela loves to learn about photography and see what she can capture behind the lens.

Comments

  1. says

    I am STILL learning this. My youngest is sick this week, and all she wants to do is snuggle and rock. It’s hard to stop, put my “stuff” down, and take the time to do what she asks. But at the same time, it is so vitally important. Thank you for the reminder.

    Hugs,
    Melinda
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  2. says

    I am so thankful that this was a good reminder. It is so hard to put the stuff down but we are filling their tanks with love and this is what they will remember when they grow up.

    Blessings,
    Angela
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  3. Kate says

    thanks for this reminder!
    Quality time is not my strong point, i’m realising.
    It’s effort for me to spend quality time with my kids (as much as I love them), lately I’ve been adding “Time with #1 child”, “Time with #2 child” etc to my daily to-do list. It’s a helpful reminder that doing that is something important.

    • says

      Kate, we all need those helpful reminders. I know that I do! I like that you are adding to spend time with each child on your to do list. It shows you and your children that they are important. Way to go MOM!
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  4. says

    Children need love and care but sometimes parents mistakenly think that providing for material stuff is the best way to give these. You are lucky to recognize early on that time is the best bonding factor and what your child needs the most.
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    • says

      I hope you both enjoy this. It is fun to teach something to her and hear all about what is going on inside her head. :)
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