How do I stop time?
It is so funny, when you are a mom in your early 20’s and you have these babies at your legs and people tell you “enjoy these days, they will be gone before you know it”, and there you are NOT believing them.
You have sleepless nights, toddler fits,maybe more then one in diapers and days seem to last so long.
But you know what,
It really is true.
I was watching home videos the other day I just cried and cried.
My kids are not babies anymore, there is no sweet baby talk, and giggles over little things, and dancing around the house with no cares. Those moments are gone!
Don’t get me wrong, I am really enjoying having teens but I have learned a lot about savoring the time you are in!
How to Savor the Moments
1. Don’t rush it- how many times do we say, “oh, I can’t wait till this stage is over or they start doing this or that, or just want so bad to have them out of diapers? I have been there done that but as an older mom now I would encourage you to just enjoy it the moment- make yourself appreciate the messes, and the craziness, and just savor it! I promise you, it will pass soon enough and you will be wondering how that happened so fast?
(check out my back then picture and more recent one, the top pic is them now) Amazing how much they have grown!
2. Be intentional – I talk about this so much but it really is important! Schedule family nights, date nights, and activities with real purpose on developing your relationships with your kids! This will not only create wonderful memories but help you have deeper connections with your kids!
3. Take lots of photos (even if it is just with your phone) and videotape your kids. Although they make me weepy at times I’m so glad my husband was a video maniac when the kids were young-we have so many memories on film that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
4. Care more about your relationships than anything – don’t put a sport or good grades or ANYTHING above your relationships with your kids. Think about your lives in 20 years, will it really matter that your son didn’t make the team or your daughter was a C student? I’m not saying you don’t care about your children’s future but I see way too many parents caring more about these things than they should. They are wasting time caring about the wrong things and sometimes all it will do is fracture a relationship forever-just NOT worth it!
5. Use your time wisely – God has given these children to you! Use the time you have parenting them pouring your wisdom into their lives, forgive often, and make time for what matters!
I want to really enjoy my kids, I want to savor every minute I have because I too have learned that the moments go way too quickly and in a blink of an eye they will be gone and God will prepare me for the next stage of my life.
The messes, the fits, the diapers, the teen years, WHEREVER YOUR AT! Enjoy every MINUTE!
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