This week is ‘Parents Week” in the UK and the theme is ‘Make a Moment’ and I love the idea of making a moment to spend time with my daughters. These moments are precious and so quickly gone. I’ll always regret not taking more moments to enjoy looking at life through your mommas and Aunt Carlees eyes. Being a parent is the most wonderful and awesome responsibility. ‘Make a Moment’ reminds all of us, as we get older, more serious and less spontaneous, that children will be our teachers if we let them – they’ll teach us how to play, to laugh and be a child again.
With all the extra pressures modern parents face, it can be difficult to find the time that children really need. A parent being there for thier children isn’t about paying for expensive toys or day trips. It’s about the time and attention the parent gives. Whether it’s five minutes, half an hour, or longer, sharing a moment is what it’s all about – letting the child know that you love them and taking a moment to give them your full attention, whatever you’re up to at the time. Your momma is great at spending time with you and showing you that you are loved a lot. “All the way to the moon and back”
“Evidence shows that children most value the simplest moments they spend together with their parents. Time costs nothing yet can make the most significant difference to our children’s development and overall well-being.” Professor Tanya Byron, childcare expert and FPI charity ambassador
Last week I got to spend time with your Aunt Carlee in Georgia and it was wonderful. This week your momma and I have plans to spend Friday with you out in the country taking some fall portraits, visiting Barnes & Nobles, and lunch outside at the Ann Arbor Brewing Company. Until then I know that your momma and you have plans of your own to enjoy each others company and ‘Make a Moment’ that will be Lenge….’wait for it’…..DARY!!
The Bishop of Oxford the Rt Revd John Pritchard has written a prayer for Parents’ Week encouraging parents to slow down and take more time with children in their care.
* Gracious God
thank you for the privilege and pleasure of children,
Thank you for what they represent for both the present and the future
and what they give us as they explore life and make their discoveries.
Help us to slow down, to pause and make a moment,
Help us to share their world and enjoy their wonder.
Help us to walk at their speed, and find that it’s your speed,
And so lead us together into life and joy,
in the company of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord
I love you little man, Puppa