Thursday, April 23, 2009

Enjoy Your Children

We have a tendency when our children are small of being in the "I can't wait" mode.
What I mean is I remember when my children were babies, first it was, "I can't wait until he's old enough to hold his own bottle", then it was "I can't wait until he can crawl", then..."I can't wait until he can walk"; " I can't wait until he can talk".

Now my oldest is 21 , middle is 18 and my youngest is 15 and I wonder..where has all the time gone?

Each day is precious with your child...yes, even when he throws the remote or your cell phone in the toilet, or when he sticks a peanut butter sandwhich in the dvd player. Actually, these are the times that when you look back, you remember with laughter..."Can you believe that he did this?"

I can remember when my middle son talked my youngest into drawing all over his closet door with crayon and chalk. Yes, he did this just to get his little brother in trouble...and poor little brother's excuse was - "He TOLD me to do it". Wow, what teachable moments these are if we can just get past our anger.

I remember when my oldest got a gash in his forehead because his buddies thought is would be fun to play frisbe with a shingle that had fallen off the house during the storm....(yeah....it was fun to get those stitches!)

Or when my middle son was at school and during P.E. he ran into a wall and knocked a tooth out. (hey, he was in a race!)

And how could I forget when my youngest at the age of two decided to lock himself in the car and refused to unlock the door!

Of course, there were sweet moments too....my youngest two boys would have "brother day"....this was a special day where they would just spend all day together playing games, etc.

I love my boys and as I look back there are times when I wish I could have enjoyed "Today" instead of always looking towards "Tomorrow"...do you know what I mean?

Enjoy everyday with your children...because once that day is gone, you can't get it back. Your child will NEVER be the age again that they are today.

I hope everyone has a blessed Thursday.

1 comment:

Pink & Green Mama said...

Thank you for writing this post, it is EXACTLY what I need to be reading right now. It's hard being home with my two daughters (ages 6 and 2) and I find myself in the someday I'll get my life back frame of mind. I need to remember to slow down and enjoy each day and live in the moment with them.