Tampa-area pediatrician Peter Gorski offers ten parenting resolutions for the New Year. Some of them were a bit new agey (Like #2: “shine an inner light?” Ugh.) but this one stuck with me:
8. Spend time with a child when you can’t be interrupted — time matters as much as quality.
Children want and need our company. They also know when our attention is divided between them and telephone calls, chores or thoughts. Protect some time each day when you can devote yourself to the child’s interests.
It’s so easy to get caught up in what needs to be done, be it an blogpost or a sink full of dirty dishes, and forget how your child’s needs surpass all those other things.
So this morning I let the dishes wait, and I let this post wait. Instead, I played Sorry!® with Anna. It’s was a great game, with the outcome in doubt right up to the very last card drawn.
She was very happy that she won.
I was just as happy, and I didn’t care that I lost.