Your child asks you to play, over and over again…so, you cave, although you have a huge to do list.
And while you’re physically there with your child, your mind is elsewhere. You’re thinking about everything that needs to get done and wondering how to make your escape.
Or, maybe you’re checking something on your phone, when your child all of a sudden says: “mama, look at me and not at your phone”.
Those words can sting and then the guilt starts creeping up.
Most parents are so busy juggling so many things at once that it has become quite challenging to make a pause during our day, and it’s becoming a challenge spending quality time with our children.
Now, you might think, but I do spend quality time with my kids so this is not my problem.
But think about it and be honest with yourself. Are you truly fully present when you’re spending time with your child? Do you set your phone aside, put your to-do list to the side and stop thinking about everything that needs to get done?
If you’re like most people, it is actually quite hard to be fully present and this is exactly why I have created this challenge.
I am a mom, just like you. I actually stay-at-home with my kids (and attempt to work part-time from home) and I have found myself trying to play with my kids so many times but not being fully present. Sometimes it’s because I have a deadline, or because once I sit on the floor with my kids I notice how dirty the floor, or maybe I have a huge pile of dishes and know I need to clean them soon so I can make dinner…
The list is endless and never ending. There is ALWAYS something that needs to get done.
And sometimes I am so overwhelmed by it all that I get lost on the Facebook app reading things that don’t bring value to my life.
There are nights I go to bed feeling disappointed with myself and feeling like a bad mother because I was with my kids all day, but I truly wasn’t there.
But life is what we make of it and it’s all about making sure our priorities are straight. If you have children – one of those priorities should be to spend quality time with them.
It is not about quantity of time but about quality of time, and quality time can happen in just a few minutes every day.
Children are smart and they can sense when you’re there but checked out. This is when we need to make a conscious effort to be there. And as with anything in life, we can teach ourselves to be a present parent.
The Present Parent 15 Minute Challenge
This FREE challenge only lasts 7 days, and you can start it whenever you want to by signing up on the form below.
This challenged is designed to:
- help you become more aware of the time you spend with your kids.
- to ensure that you are dedicating 15 minutes of uninterrupted attention to them on a daily basis.
- to show you how easy it is to spend quality time when we are conscious about what we do throughout the day.
There is no upsell to this challenge – I won’t be trying to sell you anything at the end. It is purely a 7 day reminder to spend time with your kids because I really feel we all need this kind of reminder sometimes.
In this challenge you will receive emails with the following information:
- Reminders on why it’s important to spend quality time with your kids.
- What it means to REALLY be fully present.
- How to set a reminder and make it a habit.
- Activity suggestions of activities you can do with your children, organized by age groups.
- A little motivation a long the way to help you stay focused on the challenge.
Fifteen minutes might not sound like a lot, but 15 minutes every day truly add up. Relationships are build when you invest on them a little bit every day, and not by investing big chunks of time once in a while.
We only get 18 summers with our kids, that is it. They are little for such a short time, even if our days seem endless at times. We want our kids to trust us, to know that they can count on us so when they need help they will come to us and not resort to other not-so-healthy measures or relationships. We want to create long lasting memories that will they treasure and we want them to feel loved.
My hope is that with this challenge, which, by the way, I’m also doing along with you, we truly understand the importance of quality time and we find a way to fit it in our busy schedules.
Will you join me?
Say yes! Sign up on the form below and you will receive the first email explaining how this challenge works – you will start your challenge the following day.
Once you sign up, you will receive an email asking you to confirm that you want to sign up for this challenge. If you don’t confirm you won’t get the challenge, so check your spam folder if you don’t see it in your inbox in a few minutes.
Let’s do this for ourselves, for our kids and their future. Children who spend quality time with their caregivers live healthier and happier lives, and isn’t that what we want for our kids?