We parents have so much on our plate, which makes patience a virtue that’s near impossible to possess. Our little ones want to stop and smell the flowers and we want to leave them in the dust or turn to the vibrations from our phones. However, everyone ends up winning when we parents change pace to meet the kids. This slow time with kids needs to be intentionally set.
Next time you are able to go on a walk around the block go at your child’s pace. Let them save all the Rollie Pollies on the sidewalks. Help them find the perfect stick or rock. If you get antsy and find yourself lost in your mental to do list, take a deep breath or two and look through your child’s eyes. Also, if you can, leave your phone at home. For the sake of your child’s life and your own learn to slow down and not get everything done (not that you would anyway).
The best thing you can do for your children is to be present with them and give them quality time. In fact, quality time trumps quantity of time. Kids will remember those quality times when they are older and those times will keep them grounded and close to you. Furthermore, they will have you as a role model for being present in their own life, which fosters happiness and healthfulness. You too will find yourself happier and healthier and won’t regret missing out on how fast they grow up. If when you feel ready to take it up a notch, you can practice meditation with your kids, which has additional benefits.