Refocusing my Time

I decided to be a stay at home mom 8 years ago because I wanted to personally care for my baby. I wanted to be a mother who was present in every milestone and I wanted to teach my kids the best way I know how. I knew that this is what God wanted me to do for my kids. Through the years, I have adjusted to that role. But recently, as the kids are growing up and becoming more independent, I also noticed that I have more free time on my hands unlike when they were babies and toddlers. It is also during this time that I became aware that I have to be more intentional now in my parenting.

It is easy to slip away and do my own thing in front of the computer. Before I know it, half of the day is almost over and I haven’t been able to spend time with my kids at all. If I ever do, I always give them just a few minutes then I go back to my computer. This is exactly what I don’t want. I didn’t stay at home so I can work on the computer all day, I stayed home because I wanted to be intentional in spending time with the kids, creating memories that we can all look back to.

This summer, I thank God that He has gotten my attention and allowed me to realize this before it is too late. My kids told me that I haven’t been spending much time with them, aside from study time. It is truly a wake up call for me. As if that isn’t enough, I got to read an article entitled “How to Miss a Childhood“. It is so clear that I get distracted mostly via modern technology and social networks online.

I am committing to refocusing my time. I used to open my computer around lunch time every day, but I am going to change my daily schedule and routine so I can become more efficient and limit spending time online during daytime. I also want to make sure that I don’t hold my mobile phone when I am doing something with the kids so that I can focus on what we are doing together. I want to send a message to my kids that they are important and that I am available for them. I want to spend less time online and more time offline with my kids. I want to play, to create, to read, to hug, to talk, to be silly and to be there for them.

By God’s grace, I pray that I can be the parent that my kids need me to be on this modern age.

 

 

Comments

  1. I commend you for your openness and honesty. What a beautiful commitment you have made here to your children. I find this post incredibly authentic and inspiring. What a gift you have given me today. Thank you so much for sharing this with me.

    • Thank you for your kids words. To make my commitment more “real”, I made my daughter read this post so that she can remind me anytime during the day about this commitment I made and be accountable at the same time.

  2. I feel the same way, Chris. Sometimes, I am too busy with “my world” that I lose focus on being a mom. Like you , I commit to proper scheduling of “me-time” or “social media time” and giving my FULL attention to Julia should be my no. 1 priority.

    • we all need to be reminded of our priorities and to remember what really matters. i hope in some ways we can help each other achieve this!

  3. It’s so easy to fall into the online trap, as I’d like to call it. In the past, I admit to having spent more time online than with my kid, but now I am learning to strike a healthy balance between my online and offline life. However way you look at it, unplugging yourself is still more fulfilling 🙂

    A belated Happy Mothers Day to you, Chris! 🙂

  4. You are such a blessing to your children. I am inspired (and I am sure a lot of moms out there are inspired too..) by your commitment to be the best mom to your children. Thank you for being an inspiration to us. 🙂

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