I really struggle with staying present. My mind is always going a million miles an hour and it’s always nagging at me to be more productive and check off more from the to-do list. So I’m pretty terrible at sitting and playing. My 4 year old is always asking me to play with her, and I feel so guilty because either I’m telling her to wait while I finish an hour’s worth of housework or cooking, or when I do it my mind is always elsewhere. So today I decided I needed to work on being present with my kids.
Everyone is home for a snow day. Even though playing in the snow isn’t my favorite, I thought I would go outside with the kids. I told them I’d set up the camera, take less than 5 minutes of photos, and then I promised I’d put the camera away and play.
The big kids rushed off to play with the neighborhoods kids, so it was just my sidekick and me.
The littlest wanted a “snow fight” but her arms got tired quickly and we built a “snow tree” together. We wandered around the yard with the big kids and their friends, helping them roll giant boulders of snow, failing to make snow angels (seriously, it was very wet and heavy snow today!), and stocking their pile of snowballs. After about an hour, she decided she was cold and wanted to be inside with hot cocoa. 4 hours later and the big kids are still going strong out there…
So what did I learn? I need to practice staying present. It’s not as much of a mountain as I expected- it’s not like stopping to play with my kids means I’m playing all day long and have to choose between housework/laundry/cooking/work and them. Even a few minutes of fully-present dedicated time in great, and honestly after a while they want to run off to do their own thing, anyway.
Here’s the rest of the week- full stories are on instagram.