Christmas is coming and the rush has begun to begin buying. More and more I want to buy less and less for the girls. Years from now will they really remember that doll or that game? What I want are memories. I want them to have a collection of memories and moments that will always be theirs no matter where they go. I want to give them experiences that they will hold dear and pass on to their children. I want to give them life in their days, filling each minute with laughter or quiet time. I want to give them my time.
Can you do that for your child? Give them the gift of your time this Christmas and not so many things?
I do not want my love for the girls to be synonymous with getting a “thing“. I don’t want them to equate more things = more love. Love can not be boxed up and tied with a pretty ribbon. We are all so busy getting our lives together that it’s easier to give a new toy for a few more minutes to get just ..one..more..thing ..done! We love our children, but we are missing our time with them being busy. We will regret it later if we don’t make a conscious effort to change now.
Do you remember the song: Cat’s in the Cradle? Of course you do, it is probably starting to play in your head right now. Listen to the lyrics, now, as a parent and ask yourself one question: Do I want to be that parent?
This Christmas when the kids are on vacation for 2 weeks, gift them the gift of your time and begin collecting moments to cherish together.