Parenting Advice: Enjoy Every Moment
As quickly as it happens, the moment is gone. That moment when your child hits a significant milestone you’ve been waiting days, weeks or even years for. Whether it’s their first step or their first word, it happens in an instant.
A Mile a Minute
With an already busy life, adding children to the mix only speeds it up. It’s incredibly easy to become wrapped up in work, daily errands and a never-ending to-do list. Let us not forget our ongoing responsibility of carrying out the basic survival tasks keeping everyone alive. This whirlwind of reality tends to distract the best of us from the precious moments in our child’s life.
Having the luxury of undivided attention with your first child may grant you excess time and energy to be more diligent in capturing these precious moments, but if you’re daring enough to add another kiddo or two into the mix, you might as well forget about it. As you and the children grow older, and life becomes more demanding, this all-too-brief period in time disappears in a blink of an eye. Someone always needs something, just as there is always something to be done.
Where Did the Time Go
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again and again, until you find yourself repeating it to your children about your grandchildren, “They grow up so fast. Cherish every second.” As much as you may be sick and tired of hearing it, it’s true. This parenting advice is one for the ages, passed on from one generation to the next. One day they need you for everything and then before you know it, they are all grown up, independently making their own choices and decisions.
Enjoy Every Moment
Don’t let these years pass you by without enjoying those priceless memories that you’ll hold on to for years to come. Let the laundry pile up. Let those dirty dishes in the kitchen sink stay where they are. It’ll get done, but maybe not right this second. The mess of toys on the ground isn’t hurting anyone. Leave it for later. In those moments where you can choose to either spend quality time with your child or do a household chore, pick your child every time. Tickle them. Hug them. Kiss them. Make them laugh. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?
Empty Nest on the Horizon
It might be hard to envision now, especially if your children are young, but there will come a day when your house will be quiet and empty. Your children will be busy and preoccupied with their own lives and families. Don’t take these years for granted, because before you know it, they’ll pass you by. When looking back on this time, you won’t remember how clean the house was, but rather those moments you missed out on.