Well, this morning didn't get off to a very good start, to say the least. And it got me thinking, again, how I need to do a better job at prioritizing. I, and I'm sure a lot of you can relate as well, tend to focus on the now and what needs to be done NOW. Is the laundry done? The dishes need putting away. I need to finish up that landscaping out front. Are the kids swimming suits packed and ready for tomorrow? All these questions are insignificant in a child's eyes. All they are concerned with is spending quality time with mommy and daddy. Of course, as the child gets older they won't feel the need to spend as much time with family as they do when they're young. Which leads me back to what is important. I realize that if I don't show them that they are important and that mommy trully WANTS and ENJOYS spending time with them NOW then when they get older, they won't WANT to spend as much time with mom & dad because that's what they've learned. God help me if I teach them that. I can always put away the dishes later and the landscaping will be there tomorrow for me to finish.
I remember my mom telling me that she would stay up until wee hours of the morning doing housework because that's the only time she could do it; after my sister and I went to bed. That told me that she was spending quality time with us instead of worrying about other chores that would wait on her until after her children were put happily to bed for the night.
So, what I'm trying to say is spend time with your children. Some day they'll be gone and you'll wish they were back again, small enough to snuggle up under your chin for some mommy or daddy time.