Life is hard. For adults and for kids. There is more than one way to see something. Do you see life from their perspective?
This post was originally published on May 20, 2009.
Recently, I found my 4 year old son and my 2 year old daughter holding a photo shoot. With my camera.
With my “I-scrimped-and-saved-all-my-mad-money-till-I-had-$400” camera.
Needless to say, it didn’t go well.
But, later after the smoke stopped coming out my nose and ears, I paused and looked at my little man’s pictures. What a glimpse at another point of view.
He didn’t see a messy table after lunch. He saw his sister.
What I see is a pile of travel laundry not yet through the wash. He sees a special Duplo creation.
Oh, it gives me pause. We see things soooo differently. And I think if one of us was to take on the other’s perspective, it should be me.
As my oldest approaches twelve, I am realizing how quickly the days are fleeing. I’m also realizing that good things need to give way in order to make room for great things, like making the most of the time with my little ones.
Some new goals for my life as MOM:
- more facetime with my littles while decreasing my screen time (or at least making it more efficient)
- more walks, bike rides, and trips to the park
- more deliberate fun time activities with all the kids, but especially my preschoolers
- more quality time with each child on an individual basis
Have you got some room to improve? What are you doing to enjoy these childhood days?