The day in the life of a mom goes by so quickly. The day is filled with housework, kids' activities, errands and homework. It is 11 p.m. before I get the chance to slow down on some days. That is around the time each night that I take a quick peek at my sleeping kids. Even though my kids range in age from 12 to 3, they all share the same innocence and sweetness while sleeping. If I had a particularly trying day refereeing mega battles between my kids, I find this quick peek at them to be therapeutic on so many levels. Any leftover tension fades away; any lingering frustration disappears. I can once again see their infant faces filled with contentment and trust. I wish those images would come to me during the typical conflicts and stresses of a day raising kids. I know that we are all human and tend to react before thinking. I confess to often jumping too quick into a "fight mode". As a mom, I want to find a way to reach that state of reason and sympathy which I have during my night time peek at the kids.
I think that sometimes too much going on in a household can lead to chaos. It's great that we're busy and happy in our activities. As a family, I want to slow us down every once in a while, so I can take the times to appreciate all the beauty and wonder within my kids. Just like when we may feel compelled to stop and view a gorgeous sunset, we need to make the time to have quiet, thoughtful times with each of our children.
Make the conscious effort to slow down and giggle with your kids.