Is it just me, or do our kids seem to ask to be with us at the most inconvenient times? It’s always when we’re busy doing important things like, you know, adulting and such. If you ever find yourself struggling to say yes to your children as I do, here are a few things I try to keep in mind that help shape my perspective and response.
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I try to remember what it was like being a kid…
…and how important it was to me when my parents said yes to my requests and prioritized me with their time.
I stop and remember my priorities.
No matter what I’m doing when my kids approach me, if I’m honest, it probably doesn’t have nearly the long-term impact or importance as those moments I can choose to spend with my child.
I remind myself not to believe the lie that…
… “I still have plenty of time.” Kids grow up in the blink of an eye. And I don’t want to regret having passed up on a single opportunity that I could have invested more into them.
So here’s a “YES” challenge for you.
Are you ready for it? See if you can go the next seven days, one week, without saying no to your children when they specifically make any request for your time or attention. In fact, you are going to intentionally say yes to your kids as much as possible, dropping whatever it is that would keep you from giving them your time. This act of saying yes to your kids will impact your relationship and the closeness they feel toward you.