The Family: A Proclamation to the World teaches that
Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.
I have been thinking that life is busy and it moves pretty quickly. Our time with our children is very short in the grand scheme of things. We need to cherish and enjoy this time that we have with them, because before we know it, they will be grown and out on their own. I have been brainstorming some ways that I can cherish motherhood, nurture my children and enjoy the time that I have with my kids. One thing that I am sensing is that we need to slow down and take time for the things that are most important.
I love this quote by Anna Quindlen. Elder M Russell Ballard quoted her in this talk
“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less”(Loud and Clear , 10–11).
Here are a few of my ideas:
- Take time to cuddle, kiss and hug your kids…the laundry can wait.
- play a game with you kids today
- Cuddle up and read a few books with your little ones
- Let your children read to you
- bake homemade cookies for your kids. Have them ready when they get home from school
- Be creative! Make a craft with your kids.
- encourage one of your children to participate in a household chore with you. Enjoy the time working together.
- Look for something positive about each child and share what you observed with them.
- Write your child a little love note and leave it on their pillow.
- Engage in an activity that your child enjoys. For me these would include video games, building with Legos, card games and cars and trains.
- Strive to be more patient.
- keep a gratitude journal. Write down all the things that we are thankful for each day. Recognize all the ways that God blesses us and our families.
- Plan an outing for your children. This could be done with all the kids or with each child individually.
- Give your children your undivided attention, really listen to what they have to say.
- Take pictures of your kids. Jump in a few of the photos with them.
- Tell them a story about when they were little.
- Have an indoor picnic for lunch.
- Build a fort out of blankets
- Pray with and for your children.
- Keep a journal or blog, write down the small things that happen each day so that we won’t ever forget.
- Smile…they’re contagious! “A child loves the smiles of its mother, but hates her frowns.” –Brigham Young
For additional ideas, check out this 30 day Mom Challenge
Take some time to read this article “Behold your little ones“