I feel like lately I’ve neglected sharing that part of my life with you. Now granted if you follow me on IG or now VINE, you have seen a them a lot that’s because they are so darn cute right?! But what you won’t get from those pictures is the journey I as a mom am going on every day I get to parent them.
Everyday presents a new opportunity for me to teach and to learn with them and with all the other chaos in our lives, there are 5 things I have been very diligent at doing. Despite all the plans, all the tasklists, these 5 things will always be at the top of EVERY list I keep.
Let’s face it, these kids are on completely different schedules as far as food goes. If it were just S and I we wouldn’t eat till 9 every night but they demand dinner right after school. So I rush to get them something but then I ALWAYS sit down with them and talk, help and just be and on the weekends we do our best to have at least 2 family meals together..no tv, no ipads, no nothing but us and we ask questions, we talk, we listen and even at this age I’m hoping that we are letting them know how important it is for us to eat together.
Play & Laugh
I’m going to be honest, this is the hardest. When I get off work I’m still in overdrive do mode and slowing down enough to build legos or rock a dolly is hard but so important. I don’t ever want them to think I’m too busy for them. They are and always will be my number one priority.
This is my favorite. I’ve talked about it before but every morning and evening I try to make sure that I get to have a moment with each baby, a quiet time where we can just snuggle. It keeps me sane and it’s something I think we all look forward too.
I am LOVING this. Seriously. At night, I put both kids to bed most of the time, because I LOVE it. It’s my time with them. I let each kid pick a book and if they go to bed at the same time, we read together other nights I read to MiniE and put her to bed then the same for E. I ask E questions about the books and he asks me things. Right now E is loving Corduroy, one of my favorite childhood books and it’s just a special time.
I was raised in a house where we all said our prayers together before we went to bed at night and we are continuing that tradition. MiniE and I say a Hail Mary and I talk to her a little about being grateful and growing up in the eyes of God. E has gotten to the point where he can say the Our Father all by himself with just a few mistakes (eg. On Earth as it is to Kevin. HA! I’m not sure that’s exactly right). Then we talk about one thing he’s grateful for that day and he’s very good at communicating that he’s grateful for the people in his life. It’s so heartwarming and I think he is starting to understand why we do it.
I know the title of this post says five but I really believe that in all this there are more than just 5 distinct activities going on. They all blend together to ensure that these kids know without a shadow of a doubt that they are loved and will always be the most important things in my life (husband is right there too!