It seems that life is busier than ever: scheduling in phone calls while driving in the car; feeling relieved that I have a box of mac n’ cheese stocked in the pantry for dinner; working at night after putting the kids down so I’m not overwhelmed the next day…and the list goes on.
I’m confident that most parents feel the pressures and often monotony of everyday life. To avoid feeling like I’m in the movie “Groundhog Day,” I make it a point to focus on poignant moments with my children that I know are fleeting. I’m sure you can relate—those moments when your child says or does something that gives you pause, and you immediately feel that you want to pause the moment in time because they grow too quickly.
It’s so hard not to get wrapped up in the pressures of day-to-day hecticness. We just have to make it a point to appreciate the moments that make it all up, for instance, engaging in meaningful conversation while we’re carpooling our kids to their sports practice; or taking 15 minutes to sit down for a family dinner and asking their “highs and lows” of the day; or letting go of what can wait until tomorrow. Our children give us the gift of so many precious moments and we have to be actively conscious of not letting them pass us by.