When my daughter turned 9, I started getting up a little earlier with her on Friday mornings. We are reading Beautiful Girlhood together. It is such a delightful book! These mornings are priceless. During our alone times, we opens up her heart. Just this morning, she shared with me all the lessons she's learned, now that she's nine, that she didn't know back when she was only eight. I'd share them here, because they are so sweet, but then, I don't want to break her confidence.
|When she was only five.|
I haven't figured out a good plan to spend regular time with the others, but I try and get moments in when I can; helping me cook, playing a game, reading a book. I would like to be more proactive about it. I suppose I could designate a different morning of the week to each child, but then I'll lose my morning time in prayer and Bible Study, and getting up even earlier just seems like an unthinkable thing for this night owl.
For awhile last year, I gave each child a day of the week, and on their day, they got 30 minutes with mom. It worked really well! It just sort of dropped by the wayside. I'm sure, though, no one would complain if I started it up again.
What about you? Did your mom spend special time with you? If you are a mom, do you try and spend time alone with your kids, or is it not a priority? Overall, knowing that they are loved and cared for matters most of all, whether it's alone or together as a family. Give your kids an extra hug today!