This world is moving in a fast forward motion. Everyone is so focused on what to do next that they forget to live in the moment. Children are involved in every extracurricular activity and parents are spending all their time working to pay for the things their kids want. Families today are always on the go that they never actually get the chance to really spend time with their families. Fast food and take outs are the new family dinner time. TV is usually on 24/7 and cellphones are glued to your hands. Time doesn’t stop. It keeps moving on, ticking by and before you know it, your children are going to gone and the house will seem all too quiet.
I remember being a kid and thinking that I’ll never be an adult, that I’ll be a kid forever because I couldn’t see past tomorrow. I was living “in the moment.” I was outside playing with my sisters, my cousins and my friends. I was allowed 1 hour of TV a day until family time, and I spent my day using my imagination, making memories. Kids today, don’t know what to do without electronics. One summer while I was “teaching” the school age kids at a daycare, they didn’t like when I suggested going to the park because they didn’t know what to do. They didn’t know how to play and use their imagination. It’s sad really. They are already so used to this fast-paced world.
Now that I’m an adult, and a mom, I really see the value in time. It feels like yesterday that I welcomed a baby boy into this world and now he is already 18 months. Those 18 months flew by! I’m sure you fellow moms can relate just how fast your children are growing up. That reality of just how fast time really goes gave me the realization that time is priceless. When I first had my son I was a 3 year old teacher at a Faith-based early learning center and since then, I’ve been offered both the director and assistant director position at that same early learning center. Do you know what I did? I turned it down. I spent 5 years going to college to become a teacher and I turned it down. I quit my job. I became a stay-at-home mom. Some people could look at that and see it as foolish. Why would I go from a two income family to a one income family? One simple word, time. I want to spend my days with my son. To watch him grow, learn and develop. I wanted him. I want to raise him. I would rather have less money and more memories than the other way around because time is priceless. Time is something you will never get back. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Remember that this holiday season. Don’t spend all your time shopping or going from party to party. Spend time with your family. Make sure to visit those loved ones that you don’t see very often. Show the people in your life just how much you love them by simply giving them your time. It’s a priceless and precious gift.
If you’re a working mom and there’s no way for you to be able to stay home with your kids, I encourage you to make the most of the time you’re given. Don’t spend every free moment running errands, running the kids to and from events or glued to electronics. Take the time to play games, color or go on adventures. Make memories with your children because it honestly won’t be long before they are gone and you’re going to wish you had the chance to go back.