I know that being a mother to a preschool child or younger can be absolutely exhausting; however, as parents, we have to remember to enjoy the precious little moments that will soon fade away. Children grow so quickly that if we get too caught up in the day to day hustle and bustle of balancing work and home life, we won’t actually enjoy them. (See my previous blogs Balancing Acts and Creating A Schedule You Can Stick With for ideas that will help you better balance your busy schedule.) And once that time is gone, we will never get it back. Following are some suggestions on things you should do daily with your little ones to make the most out of the present, and to remember what a blessing it is to be a parent.
1. Pray with them. Every morning before I drop my son off at daycare, we pray for God’s protection throughout the day. We pray that he will have a great day, and that he will be able to focus and complete his school assignments. I also make it a point to pray for him if he is not feeling well or if he hurts himself. Additionally, my husband and I pray with him before every meal and at bedtime. By praying multiple times a day with your children, at an early age, they will learn the significance of a prayer life.
2. Tell them you love them. I know this seems like common sense, but you would be surprised at how many parents don’t take the time to actually tell their children they love them.
3. Kiss and hug them. Again, some children don’t regularly receive affection from their parents. Sad, but true.
4. Read them a book. I began reading to my son when he was an infant. As a result, his speaks extremely well, and has a great vocabulary. Reading to them at an early age will also help them fall in love with reading.
5. Take some time to be silly with them, and laugh. Often times, we can take ourselves too serious, and miss out on an opportunity to just have a good laugh with our little ones. As silly as children can be, I can assure you there are plenty of opportunities to get in a good laugh daily.
6. Color with them. I actually find coloring to be very relaxing after a hard day’s work. It will also help your little one to unwind and settle down a bit.
7. If they are old enough to talk, ask them about their day. (If they are toddlers, this will also help them remember certain events about their day and will help them to practice formulating sentences.)
8. Play with them outside. This is also a great way for you to get some exercise. ;)
9. Watch one of their shows with them. I also find watching children shows to be relaxing. It takes my mind off the cares of this world, and helps me relieve some stress.
10. Sit down and eat with them. Unfortunately, as times change, this happens less and less in most families. Let’s strive to make this habit the norm again. I’m sure it will positively impact us all, and will strengthen your family’s bond.
In closing, I would like to share a quote that helped me realize that I was really making my desire to be a perfect mother get the best of me, and I needed to relax a great deal. I hope it blesses you.
Besos! (That’s kisses in Spanish. :) )