Our kids are growing up so fast. Despite the fact that it has been nine years of changing diapers we only have eight left until the oldest heads off to college. Oh my goodness even writing that freaks me out a bit.
As I reflected on 2013 and what I want to achieve one of my biggest priorities is that I keep building a lasting relationship with my kids. In order to do that I realized that I need to spend more time with each of them. In the past I have gotten frustrated when I would ask them to do something with me and they would not want to. I started to reflect on that because I wanted to understand how I could spend more time with each of them. I don’t want to look back with regret that I did not spend enough time with each of my kids.
The process of looking back revealed to me that if I said “yes!” more I would get to spend a lot of time with my kids. Almost everyday they ask me to do things with me. If I simply say “yes” more even if it isn’t convenient then I will get to spend lots of quality time with them.
This was so freeing because instead of me trying to figure out what they would want to do with me I simply enter there world when they ask. I am also understand that it will not be long and they will be busy and if I haven’t already built the habit of spending time with them then it won’t start later either.
Parents if you are wishing you could spend more time with your kids then commit with me to just say “yes!” They will ask you to do things with them and if you keep saying no because it isn’t convenient then they will eventually stop asking. By saying yes today you will lay the foundation for the relationship tomorrow!
How about it? Resolve this year to do everything you can to just say “yes!” to your kids before they are all grown up!