Kids and Parenting
My wife and I talked the other day about priorities.
Out of that conversation came a very powerful point. There are two things in our lives that cannot be put off, no matter how pressing are other matters. These two things are time with our children and time with our elderly parents.
In a very short time our kids will be grown. And no matter how hard to believe, the chaos in our lives will end. Things will soon be much quieter. And more lonely, too, I suspect.
In too few years our elderly parents will be gone. This is the last time that we and our kids will be able to spend with semi-active grandparents.
No matter how bad the economy, or how pressing other things might be in our lives, we really have no choice.
I like to imagine myself in the distant future, wondering what past decisions that I might regret, or might see as short-sighted. The one decision that screams out at me is whether we seize this fleeting opportunity with our loved ones.
I’m sure that you face a similar situation. Most parents with young children do. This is a big reason why we have chosen to live such an unconventional family lifestyle.
Today I can confidently say that I know my kids pretty well. And they know me. We have discovered it all – the good and the not-so-good – about each other. And we experience all sorts of wonders through each other’s eyes.
Do we need a break from each other once in a while? You bet. But that’s easy to arrange.
Every time I think about being at some desk and missing out on this part of my life, I celebrate the fact that I left that path. At this moment in my life, I am with my loved ones, where I’m needed most.
I hope you are able to craft a lifestyle that maximizes your quality time with your kids and your parents. As much as I hate to hear it, the clock is ticking, and time waits for no one.
Best of luck,