Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Do I HAVE to Entertain 'Em?

Today, I sat down with my VERY resistant son and read him a story. He didn't want to at first...nor probably during the whole story...but I forced myself to stick with it. It was between the story or his little brain frying in front of a computer screen. Screen time is a constant struggle with my boys!

His attitude today, reminded me of me. I'm ashamed to admit how many times I grumble about stopping what I WANT to do, to do what I know I should do---and a lot of the should-do's are what I used to love to do when I was a new mom--
read stories
play with play-dough
play legos
But life gets full and these things become a chore...sad to say. :( For about ten years, it's been a constant guilt trip o' mine...the having to entertain the kids versus loving to entertain the kids. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE spending time with them, and for the most part, once I get past the resistance of my busy-bee-don't-interrupt me attitude, and sit down and spend time on THEIR level, I always look back and realize it was a good thing—the wise choice.

As the boys get older, they have more ability to entertain themselves...and I have more opportunities to pass up life with them for my own entertainment. Today, my grumpy boy having to submit and listen to a story, reminded me that making memories is far more important than my own agenda—no matter if I don't always wanna!

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