They Grow up fast – Make the most of it!
Kids! If you have them you know what I am talking about. You remember the day they were born and then you turn around and all of a sudden they are starting school. Now you are watching them get their driver’s license. Where has the time gone?
Now more than ever I want to write this blog. I feel this way and I never even had a cell phone when my kids were growing up. I cannot imagine how the time goes by with all the social media stuff out there today. My kids were born in the early 80’s when we did not have cell phones. In fact we barely had computers. Hard to imagine isn’t it?
We actually spent our time playing games inside and outside. We talked about our day and what we liked and didn’t like about the day. We went to the park and played, and rollerbladed around the lake. They fished with Grandpa. And every fall we all went apple picking. These are just a few of the things I will always remember. These are also the memories my kids will have that will last a lifetime.
I am only telling you this so you embrace the special moments with your kids. Make it your priority to put your phone down for an hour or shut it off completely. Get outside and do something physical. Walk, hike, run, sled, play. Just find something you can do together that will make a memory. You don’t want them to remember you as the Mom who was on her cell phone the majority of the time they were growing up.
Even when my daughter was staying with us this last year for a few months we made a rule at the house that when my husband came home at night we would all shut our phones off for an hour. What prompted this was when we were having dinner one night I looked around and there we were – all three of us (me included). On our cell phones looking at stuff on the internet, texting, emailing. Whatever we were doing it was not with each other. That was the moment I said “enough”.
Don’t get me wrong. it was not easy. It was very, very hard to put that phone down. My friends were waiting on me to play that word on scrabble. My husband wanted to search for that new boat. My daughter wanted to check her Facebook status. But that all could wait and really did not matter.
What mattered was spending some quality time with each other. In fact I can remember one night we all got on the floor to try some meditation and yoga. Come to find out my husband really has no flexibility and cannot meditate for more than two minutes without laughing. And the night ended with all of us laying on the floor in some kind of yoga/meditation position and all three of us laughing uncontrollably. It was a night to remember.
Get out there and play with your kids. They are grown up and gone before you know it!
Health and Happiness!