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Bringing Up Baby: Are You Giving Your Kids (And YOU) The Most Important Gift?

 

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Bringing Up Baby:
Are You Giving Your Kids (And YOU) The Most Important Gift?

Every few weeks there’s a new “meme” circulating  Facebook and Instagram. For those that don’t know, “memes” are sayings or images passed along through social media – i.e. the new generation of one-liners. Most often I scroll passed them on my timeline – but there is one floating around that recently stopped me in my tracks.

It read:

“You will never have this day with your children again. Today is a gift. Breathe and notice. Study their little faces and feet. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today mama, it will be gone before you know it.”

I read it, reread it and then cried a little. I am tearing up as I write this. This meme articulated something I’ve been thinking about for a long time but didn’t have the words to say. More importantly, I didn’t know how to change my constant quest for what’s around the corner. Why AM I always in such a hurry? My husband jokes that we could be having the best time ever and all I’m thinking is, “Ok this is great, what’s next?”

With the kids however, every moment is a precious moment I won’t get back. Just 6 months ago my son was a helpless newborn; today he’s eating puree, rolling over and giggling like crazy. In a few short months my daughter went from riding tentatively on training wheels to barreling down the street on her two-wheeler.

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The other night she was supposed to help me in the garden. Instead she was twirling around giggling. For a second I was going to say, “Okay now, finish helping me. Bedtime is almost here.”

Then I stopped myself. What is more important than this unabashed release of joy? I sat there and watched her.

Relish the charms of the present.

I know there are other moms out there like me, always in a hurry, both hands full, just trying to make everything right. Slow down. Take a little time to enjoy it all. As the meme says, it will be gone before you know it.

Ok, I’m in tears again.

What about you? Are you giving your kids.. and you THE most important gift? If you’re looking for ideas, here are a couple of cool ways to do just that.

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 REDISCOVER SILLY

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Laugh. Make funny faces. Eat breakfast for dinner or dessert first. Parenting is serious stuff so why not lighten it up a bit? Let your kids show you, well, how to be a kid again.

Read more: How I Hit The Brink And Found My Way Back Again

 

BUST THE DIET

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Not all the time, naturally, but is a milkshake or a burger every once in a while so bad?

Read more: Our Story Begins: Daddy Style: 4 Easy Desserts You Can Make From Scratch 

GET UNPLUGGED

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Don’t put it on vibrate; put it away! One day (or a couple of hours) without your smartphone won’t kill you. Now if you can get your teen to do the same, you’ll be golden.

Read more: ‘Fess Up.. Is This Helping Or Hurting You? 

PLAN A ONE-ON-ONE GETAWAY

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What’s more special than letting one kid have all of mom or dad’s time?

Read more: Breaking The Adult Rules: Lessons I Learned From  A Road Trip With My Son

 

WHEN THEY WANT TO TALK, STOP.
AND LISTEN

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Put down the paper, the remote control or the smart phone (see above), look them in the eye and listen. Yes, you may have heard the story before but remember, there will come a time you will wish they would talk to you. So listen.

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Tonya Mosley is an award winning broadcast journalist based out of Seattle, WA. She’s a married mom of two – a 6-year-old daughter who recently declared she’s a teenager – and a 5-month-old baby boy. Read more on her Facebook page or follow her on twitter at @tonyamosley.

 

 

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