What is Your Child Most Grateful For?
He was and still is one of the reasons I have chosen to work from home and to prioritize my Mommy duties over my work duties. I sometimes get frustrated when I don’t meet my personal deadlines or when I am not able to do certain things I am passionate about because there are still MANY things that I need to attend to as a wife and as a mom. Yesterday, however, all those frustrations simply melted away. I felt like I was just handed a BIG REWARD that no amount of money can buy.
I don’t know about you but when I became a parent, so many things in my life changed. It was like my life was overhauled. I personally chose to stay home with my kids most of the time. I prioritized spending time with them over spending time with other people including my friends because my kids are still very young. I thought that my true friends would understand my new priorities and if they are parents themselves, the more that they would understand why it is extra challenging to go out of the house with small kids or a baby in tow, especially when you don’t have a helper or nanny to help you out and you don’t know how to drive.
So my days were mostly spent being with my kids… Attending to their needs, singing to them, listening to their stories and songs, reading to them, teaching them many things, praying with them, playing with them, cuddling with them, eating with them, etc.
Being a hands-on parent is no easy job. It’s exhausting especially if you have more than one child to attend to. But it is also very rewarding like what I experienced yesterday.
I was grateful that I took the time to ask those questions to my child and that I patiently waited for him to answer. I got to know him more. I gained insight into how he sees himself, what makes him happy, what makes him sad, what his dreams and plans are, what he wants to teach other people and many more.
There was another question that he answered that made me feel really loved by my son.
I asked: “If you can help one person today, who will that person be? And what will you do to help that person?”
He answered, “You! I will help you by playing with Geordan. (Geordan is his baby brother.)”
Isn’t that sweet?
Pondering on his answers confirmed what I have read many times in numerous articles and books. Children want our presence more than our presents. I’m glad that yesterday, my eldest son proved that to me to be true. He did not mention any toy I gave him or any play center that we visited. I’m grateful that my son has learnd a valuable lesson from the choices I have consistently made over the years and that is: People are more important than material things.
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How about you? Do you know what your child is most grateful for? I encourage you to take some time to ask. You might want to use the same list of questions I used. Who knows, you might also get a very wonderful surprise like what happened to me! Here is the link to the article I was referring to in this post.
If you want to be with your child more often and you are dreaming of working from home or having a home-based business but are not sure how to transition to this kind of lifestyle or what you need to do to make it happen, I can help you through my coaching program called iHOPE. You can read more about it here.