As I was writing my entry for yesterday’s post, my 10-year-old daughter interrupted me several times. One of those interruptions was to discuss the penalty she was going to face for a library book that was 4 days overdue. I jokingly reminded her that she was on the run because she owes the library 45 cents for another book that she returned late. That didn’t go over too well since she was freaking out about being late from before but poking fun at your child’s expense is one of many guilty pleasures you have as a parent. This was one of the many situations she considered an emergency on a Saturday night even though the library closed.
Shortly after kicking her out of the living room for the umpteenth time, I overheard her giggling uncontrollably in the other room while I was writing. A smile grew across my face as I stopped to enjoy the sound. I immediately thought that in a matter of 7 years or so my baby girl will be off to start college or go travel the world on her own. I know that sacrificing Mommy & Me time to rebuild my career in a new industry will be challenging. I’ve seen too many moms work so many hours that they miss out on their kid’s lives leaving them to entertain themselves or get into trouble. I know first hand because my mom had to work several jobs in order to take care of the 5 of us which are all girls.
Today’s Life lesson reminded me to make an effort to spend time with my daughter as much as possible. I don’t want to look back years from now feeling guilty that I didn’t take her out to the movies, go to her school recitals, or take her to the park to ride her scooter. Soon she will replace me with her friends and (Oh Man) a boyfriend who will escort her to the movies or drive her to the park. Until then I’m going to take advantage of this moment by having a little giggle time together too but first thing in the morning we’re headed to the library.
- How often do you spend time with your child?
- What kind of activities do you like to do with your child?
- What is your child’s favorite memory that he/she has with you?
- Are there any FREE activities in your area you can take your child to?
- What is your favorite memory that you have with your child?
Written by: Maxx