Above a  blog post I enjoyed reading today as it reminds me of all the things I used to do with my girls when they were younger.  All too often in pursuit of conventional forms of success  we forget about just being and giving our children as much quality time and undivided attention.  Doing precisely this  is the most successful we’ll ever really be.  And the author is absolutely correct our children need us and our time when they are little AND they still do need us and our time when they are teenagers as and when they want us ….even if it’s just to be argumentative 🙂

Screens and gadgets and virtual social interactions are no worthy substitute for just being together… whether talking, reading, walking, singing, dancing, building dens or just being silly or being quiet.   The most precious gift to give our children is TIME.  (…I love the many lovely memories and watching their transition into independent, lovely, beautiful young adults.)


Awesomely Awake

It’s not easy being a parent. No matter if you work outside the home, inside the home. No matter if you have one, two, three or fifteen children. No matter if you have a small house in a big city or a big house in a small city. No matter if you have money or very little money.

Raising children is hard work — at least it is if you are doing it right.

It’s really no wonder parents are spending more time than ever checking in on Facebook, smart phones, or doing project after project after project. It helps to have something to do rather than sit around and dwell on all the stuff we want to be able to do or used to be able to do but no longer can. This self-medicating with social media is harmful — as Rachel at Hands Free Mama has said so eloquently this…

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