Spending time with kids

Family Having Picnic In Countryside
Family Having Picnic In Countryside

I spend a lot of time with my daughters, which is an added perk of working from home. That said, most of these days what I don’t realize is that time is just passing by, I am there with them, but I am really not there. I am either watching TV (I’m a sucker for good TV shows.. sigh), or reading a book or (the worst) on my phone. Since they both are now more or less independent (one is 12 and the other one is 8) and don’t really need my company as such, I have also stepped aside and have started doing my thing. In a nutshell, I am usually only acting as their supervisor (telling them when to eat, do their homework, brush their teeth, etc.) and not really “in” the moment with them. Though when I really start thinking about it, what’s absolutely baffling is how fast time is passing me by!!

How these girls who don’t need their mommy to do most of their stuff now, were completely dependent on me at one point in their life! Don’t get me wrong, I do feel happy for this, and wish them all the happiness and success in the world… but at times, I also miss all those little moments when they were small. Cute times which are now a part of the past and well, no matter how much I want everything to freeze, time will go on and it should too! 🙂

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It’s just that we being the forgetful human beings that we are usually don’t realize the speed of time when it’s silently going by us. And often suddenly get aware of the fact that we have wasted most of it caught up in a mind numbing daily routine. We get a glimpse of it each year at the New Year’s Eve when we realize how fast the year flies by us—and so we make new resolutions all over again which are then generally packed off for the next year, after a month or so. We don’t realize this most of the times, but we spend our lives exactly in the way that we spend most of our individual days. If there is something we cannot do today, chances are we won’t find the will to do it the next day as well. And sooner than we know, we are fifty and we don’t know where all our life went.

So keeping this in view, one of my New Year resolutions for this year was to spend some quality time with my girls on a daily basis— be it going on shopping with them or going to out to eat together. Things that we have just stopped doing together for reasons I don’t remember now. Perhaps we got a little too busy with life. I haven’t been doing as much as I would like to and a month has already passed, but hey, we still have the whole year ahead of us, don’t we! Keeping my fingers crossed.

I’ll definitely give you all a lowdown on how to spend some quality time with your kids once I figure out some sort of formula myself, but for the most part I’m sure it needs to come from the heart and it needs to be worked on. Keep watching this space for more!

by Maasi Wajo

Keeping Occupied is the Key!

 

clipart-children-clip-art-playing-children-318357By Maasi Javeria

Many mothers or shall I say almost all mothers complain their kids don’t listen to them or they are always busy with their gadgets. If we look closely it’s not children who are at fault, but us Parents! Simply keeping a child busy with indoor activities strains their growth and eyesight.

First of all, please understand that we don’t need to make our kids join any fancy club or sports area for their recreation, which will be tiring for the mother n heavy on pocket as well.

Start with your own house Girls!! Make good use of your balconies, lawns or even small terraces.

Make it attractive, prepare a picnic basket, put some jellos n kiddy burgers or sandwiches or their favourite chocolate chip cookies, preferably home made. No healthy food panicking! It’s fun time not killing the fun time!!! REMEMBER. Play with them or have them imitate favourite characters of their choice; you can be the Villain of course! [They already think we are!]

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And what’s more, you can keep an eye on them at the same time. See what I mean by playing evil? It’s more satisfying for a kid to feel, “my mother is a part of my activity”. Which starts a healthy, strong base for the mother n child relationship.