Do you ever just pack too much into a week. Park days, play dates, errands, shopping, VBS, a trip to grandmas ...?
Every summer I tell myself, "this summer we are going to relax and enjoy." And then I fill our summer days with crazy fun activities but feel so harried getting to all the fun that by the end of the day, I wonder why I planned so much.
Please tell me I'm not alone!
Last week my daughter asked what we were doing for the day. So I told her of the big fun coming her way and she sighed. I asked what was wrong and she said she never gets to spend time with me.
Now to be honest, my mouth hit the floor. I'm a stay-at-home-mom. She gets to spend time with me, trust me! I launched into a very adult defensive mode where I recounted every special event and moment we shared the past few days. And she gave me this look. THE look. The look I didn't think I'd have to deal with until she was a teenager. And her words cut to the bone.
I don't want to just do stuff with you. I want to be with you.
All this time I'm thinking these fun events are meeting her needs when what she wants is my total attention. Not another craft. Not a water fight. A few minutes on my lap laughing about the word poop (I still don't understand why this word is funny) or reading a story.
So today, carve out fifteen minutes (or an hour--whatever) and sit still with your children. Read them a book. Tell them a story or silly jokes. Look through a photo album. Don't let phone calls or tidying up distract you. Sit still.