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The other day I saw something go by on Twitter asking how much time you really spend with your children. I started to think about this, and realized that I don’t spend as much time with them as I want to. And I don’t mean physically being with them, I mean being present. Being attentive. Being an active part of their moments.
I’m guilty of picking up my iphone to send a text message, check my email, or read a blog post – in front of my kids. How many times do they hear ‘just a sec’ from me in an afternoon? How often do I turn on the TV for a couple of extra minutes of ‘me time’. On one hand I feel like this technology is a part of their life and their culture, and I want them to be exposed to it. But on the other hand, what message am I really sending to them? Are they really getting my full attention? No.
Being a parent is hard, no one needs to tell you this. And after a long day, sometimes I need some time to feel connected to something other than my role as a mom. I belong to a strong online community of like minded, entrepreneurial moms, and I like to feel connected to this network. Being a part of this community lets me vent my frustrations about parenting, ask questions and seek advice, and share the many moments of joy my kids bring!
I know I need to make more of an effort to put down the iphone, turn off the TV, and plug myself into their world a little bit more. Maybe it will do me some good to get lost in their imaginations for a little while!