Raising good kids is hard. You want to give them the best you can, but yet make them understand the things they need to in a world that isn’t always so good, especially to kids.
As hard as it is, it is really rewarding, too. There are so many ways you can make it a little easier, too.
I never realized how far a little attention goes with a child. Tonight I took my granddaughter on a bike ride and we had a blast doing that. It only was about 15 minutes because our streets are under construction, but just giving her those 15 minutes made her day. She giggled and smiled and raced me down the street. She laughed and talked and had a great time. The only thing it cost was a little of my time.
The investment of time in a child’s life is priceless
Absolutely priceless! I don’t know if anyone, any test or study or survey can truly show the value of spending time with your child or grandchild. People, especially children, thrive on good, quality time spent with them.
When I was growing up, the time I spent with my mom or dad or grandpa or grandma was awesome—especially when I had their undivided attention and they talked with me. I am sure there were times when they would have preferred doing something else, but they put those things away and spent their time with me.
On the rare occasion when my dad would play baseball or something with us kids—we were in heaven! It meant so much to us when he took the time to spend with us kids. We farmed, so at the end of the day after working all day, my parents were tired, so those times we could spend playing games or talking was great! I still fondly remember my mom getting down on the green carpeted floor of our living room and playing Atari games with us.
She was pretty good at Pacman and Ms. Pacman, but her favorite one was an obscure title called Journey Escape. It was kind of like Space Invaders or something like that, except you were one of the members of the band Journey (yes, THAT band Journey) and you had to avoid all these things coming down at you like groupies (shaped like hearts with legs) and a whole barrage of other things. She could play that game with us for hours.
When grandma and grandpa would come to visit it was dominoes or a variety of board games.
Whatever activity we did, it was great fun and a great experience to spend that time with those adults.
I didn’t understand it then, but I do now. I understand that the time they invested was to create a good person in a not always so good world!
You won’t get these times back
As I was riding bike with my granddaughter tonight I kept thinking of what fun she was having. I thought of the alternative. What if I hadn’t offered to ride bike with her tonight and just told her that we had to go in the house and she could watch TV or play with her tablet? What if I never offered to spend time with her even if she asked?
There have been several times when I have had to tell her “no” that I couldn’t spend time with her. I feel regret when I have to do that. So when I can, I spend time with her and I make the offer to play a game or ride bike or play Barbie Dolls or whatever. We have sat and colored in her coloring books for fun, too! It doesn’t take much, but you won’t regret the time you spend with your little ones.
A day with a grandchild/child beats the best day at work!
This goes without saying, but I am saying it anyway! A day spent with a child or grandchild beats the best day at work any day of the week! Make the best of the times you get to spend with your little ones because they grow up so fast!
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