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Hammock Time

Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 17, 2012 @ 1:01 am In Parenting and Family | 26 Comments

Spending just a few minutes chatting with your child each day can make a big difference in their disposition and in your relationship.

True confessions: At least one of my children knows exactly what button to push to create utter havoc with everyone in the general vicinity. He’s not mean spirited. In fact, he’s often an absolute joy: pleasant, hard working, and helpful. But, like us all, he has his moments.

Unfortunately, his moments often bring out my moments.

I discussed this situation with my sister one morning and with my husband that evening. Since they both had the same answer, I figure it just might be divine intervention.

“Maybe you and he need some time together just hanging out.”

Maybe.

So, the very next day, when he started slamming on that button with all his might, I invited him to “my office.” Not the office in the house, but the hammock in the backyard. It was a beautiful day, sun shining, blue skies, fluffy clouds.

He thought he was busted. I made invited him to sit in the hammock with me. We lay there looking at the sky, talking about random things. Then we talked about the button-pushing. Then we talked about more random things.

And the day went much better.

We’ve spent many a day lounging in the hammock since then. {button pushing, button pushing} But also just because. The critic in me says he’ll just start pushing the button so that he can go lie in the hammock with Mom. The Pollyanna in me [4] says to start every day in hammock time.

While I don’t think it’s a cure for all that ails us, it was a poignant reminder that hanging out together is just fun — and it does help a kid’s disposition to know that they are loved, that their company is desirable, that someone values time spent with them.

May every day have some hammock time.


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