Today’s Five Minute Friday prompt is “more”.
I used to play this little game with Rebekah at bedtime every night. I’d tuck her in under her purple comforter, set her doll next to her, and kiss her good night. As I turned out the light, I’d say “I love you!” and head to her brother’s room.
Without fail, she’d call “I love you more!” and then I’d say “No, I love YOU more!”
This little exchange would go back and forth for a minute and then I’d have to tell her to “go to sleep!”.
I’ve seen a dozen “exhausted mom” posts floating around recently. These always bring me to tears because, lets face it, I’m pretty tired too. Homeschooling older kids while taking care of younger, trying to keep on top of the messes and everyone in clean clothes, as well as running to various activities and cooking healthy food. Yes, these articles are totally needed, but I am wondering something.
Are we getting so caught up in taking care of our kids that we are forgetting what is most important?
Are we loving them more?
Yes, my kids need to learn to read and balance a check book. Yes, they enjoy piano and I’m loving listening to them play more complicated songs. Yes, swim lessons provides a necessary skill.
But maybe we have caused our own exhaustion. Maybe our focus has been on providing everything we think they need, when all they require is for us to love them more?
So, I challenge you today, to focus only on loving your child more. Skip the activities, put aside your phone, snuggle with your baby all morning. Whatever, loving your child more looks like to you, just do it because this moment is only here right now and may never return.
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