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The Gift of Time

At the Welcome Coffee held on the Point Loma campus last week, parents of our youngest charges were encouraged to remain sensitive to their children’s need for appropriate attention.

In our distracted lives where there is a compelling drive to account for every minute by checking off a list, staring at a screen, or rushing off to the next destination, we can quickly lose sight of, and oftentimes ignore a child’s call for attention. For example, how do we respond when our children say…?

Mommy, “Look at this.”
Daddy, “Why are there stars?”

Or, when they…

Stop to pick a flower…
Skip away from us…
Stoop to watch an insect crawl across the sidewalk…

Is our response…?

“Come along now.”
“Daddy needs to get to work; we do not have time for that right now.”

Subsequent to that Coffee, one our newest parents shared a poignant blog on this subject penned by Rachel Macy Stafford and contributed to the Huffington Post wherein she simplified this by admonishing the reader to take two words out of their vocabulary when speaking to children, “Hurry Up!”  Let’s test ourselves. How often do we use those two words with not only our youngest children, but with our mid- and-upper-aged children, not to mention spouses and significant others?

In retrospect, the greatest gift we can give our children and others is time, and the reference here is not to the overused term, “quality time”. Rather it can be 20 seconds here, 45 seconds there, walking not running, holding a door open, admiring artwork, looking through a Tuesday Folder together, or finding five minutes to kick a ball, play catch, or read a story.

We can do it!

Posted by Raymond Volker on Monday September, 16, 2013

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