It occurred to me the other day how much time we spend on our electronic devices. We are in the same room. Yet separate. In our own little worlds.
We are spending time chatting, but not with our mouths. We are using the technology that promises to bring us together.
The house it too quiet.
Face to Face
My kids know that I enjoy spending teachable moments with them. We sit around the table and have real conversations.
A lot. Face to face.
Even if it seems boring, I want them to know that I am here for them.
Once a Mom… Always a Teacher
Never forget that if you are a mom, you are also a teacher. You are your child’s first teacher. You taught them how to walk, to speak, to eat, to obey, to listen. You may not be certified to teach a classroom, but you were chosen to be his/her mom.
Take the time to unplug, to read a book, to color a picture together, to complete a puzzle, or to go for a bike ride or walk.
The investment of realface to face time is much more valuable than any electronic device, more than any classroom.
This is my reminder.
Someday soon my oldest will be going off to college. It seemed like yesterday I was walking with him to the park everyday, pushing him on the swings, wiping off his boo-boos, singing him night-night songs while I tucked him into bed.
He remembers those moments of time spent with him. He appreciates the fact that his dad and I would spend face to face time with him. On purpose. For a purpose. Now, he is truly grateful.
My little girl needs that same amount of attention. Not negative attention, but just… attention. I have to fight against the tide of technology, though, but it can be done. I will win this battle for her attention. I want her to know I was here for her.
In person. Not on the other side of the chat screen or instant message.
I am a 50 yo mid-life momma of 4. I was married for 22 years to the same guy and now live an independent life. I crave healthy food. I clean my house for therapy. I love people who like me, I love teaching little kids, and I am always hoping for a better future. I'm an idealist. Being real is better than being right. I want world peace.
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