Blog By Donna

Kids just want our time and attention

I shared this on Facebook the other day, because it really touched me. I cried as I read it, because I think it hit a little close to home. I am trying to be in the moment more with my son, instead of telling him I’m busy. Obviously there are times when it really is true. But of all my priorities, my son his my top priority.

Kids truly don’t care what we buy them or give them… the best gifts we give our children are the gift of our time and attention.

I don’t know who wrote this and it doesn’t seem to have a title, but maybe the words will touch you like it did me.

I stopped to watch my little one 
busy playing in his room.
In one hand was a plastic phone; 
in the other a deflated balloon.
I listened as he was saying 
to his make believe little friend
And I’ll never forget the words he said, 
even though it was pretend.
He said, “Teddy’s in the corner 
cuz he’s not been very good.
He didn’t listen to a word I said 
or do the things he should.”
In the corner I saw his teddy bear 
all dressed in a bow and brown fur.
It was obvious he’d been put there 
to sit all alone for sure.
My son continued his “conversation,” 
as I sat down on the floor.
He said, “I’m all fed up I just don’t know 
what to do with him anymore?
He whines whenever I have to work 
and wants to play games, too;
He never lets me do the things 
that I just have to do?
He tries to help me with the dishes, 
but his arms just cannot reach
And he doesn’t know how to fold the towels 
and I don’t have the time to teach.
I have a lot of work to do 
and a big house to keep clean.
I don’t have the time to sit and play- 
don’t you know what I mean?”
And that day I thought a lot 
about making some changes in my life;
As I listened to his innocent 
words that cut me like a knife.
I hadn’t been paying enough attention 
to what I hold most dear.
I’d been caught up in responsibilities 
that increased throughout the year.
But now my attitude has changed, 
because, in my heart, I realize
I’ve seen the world in a different light 
through my little darling’s eyes.
So, let the cobwebs have the corners 
and the dust bunnies rule the floor,
I’m not going to worry 
about keeping up with them anymore.
I’m going to fill the house with memories 
of a child and his mother
For God grants us Only One Childhood, and we will never get another.
~Author Unknown

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