Please enjoy this repost from last year...it is a wonderful reminder to make the time and take the time to spend quality time with my daughter...and I wrote it! Second grade is here and I miss her even more than when she was in first grade. Time is clicking, clicking away, she is getting older and more independent. Enjoy the moment, because that is all we have. PS...I still sing the nursery rhymes, can't help myself, or some of my own songs about school, enjoying the moment, one breath at a time. All of my best, Dyan
One of the hardest things about going #backtoschool for me is not getting
to spend the quality time with my child as I used to when she was in preschool
This year she started first grade, her days are longer and
she has more homework. We still have managed
to incorporate a couple of after school activities. I find myself wondering where has time gone
and how can she be almost 7??
Unfortunately, as we all know there is nothing we can do with time, it
goes by whether we want it to or not.
But one thing we can do is make the most of the time we have and try to
make the most of every moment that we have been given.
In kindergarten, I found that we did a lot of racing around
in the morning getting ready and off to school on time. This year, I have decided that we both need
more time to connect in the morning. My
daughter needs more time to eat a healthy breakfast, more time to get her brain
ready for the day, more time to talk to me and more time to hear how special
she is. I need more time too…more time
to tell her how special she is, more time to hear how and what she is learning
in school, more time to hear if she has any difficulties, more time to tell her
how much I love her, more time to tell her how proud I am of her and more time
to talk and bond. That being said, I am trying
to make the most of our mornings together.
I have given her an extra 20 minutes for her morning to just relax, eat
breakfast and to talk about whatever she needs to talk about. During this time I try and listen to her, what is bothering
her, what excites her, read a book, whatever she may need. I know that 20 minutes isn’t a lot, but it is
enough time to bond and strengthen our relationship, our trust and to be there
for my kid.
Every morning I take the time to wake her up in a loving way
with singing a favorite lullaby or song, scratching her back or talking to her
if something exciting is happening for the day.
I let her climb on my back and give her a piggy back ride to the kitchen
while pretending I am a train leaving the train station..all aboards and chug a
choos. These days of innocence will be
gone in a blink. I believe the seeds I
sow now for a nurturing and caring morning will bring me benefits of closeness
and trust in the future.
Today I woke her up to let her know the strawberry in our
garden had finally turned red and was ready to eat, she was so excited to see
it she got right out of bed! Not every
morning is so easy, but I try to be patient, be kind and creative with hopes
that she has the best morning as well, to keep that #positive attitude I have
instilled on her since she was born.
Tomorrow morning make the time to take the time or take the
time and make the time to have quality morning time with your kids. Be patient.
Don’t scream to get ready on time.
Listen. Talk about what is on their minds. Make a special breakfast. Give lots of kisses and hugs. Tell your kids how proud you are of them!! Most of all be in the moment that short
special moment that is given to you each and every morning. Tomorrow morning make
the most of your morning with your school aged kids.
All of my best, Dyan