Today is my four-year old grandson’s first jog-a-thon at his school, and although this is a great milestone for him, that’s not what I’m most excited about. What I’m happy about is his father taking the time off work and volunteering to be a “lap counter” for his event. My son-in-law’s a very busy professional guy and his office is a 45-minute drive (one way) from his house. He’s made the decision to take the morning off and show-up for his four-year old’s first jog-a-thon! That’s huge in my book!
Children don’t care as much about what you tell them or what you buy them. They care about whether you show-up. And they know it early in life. If you want to grow healthy, mature, secure adults, then start showing them you love when they are very young. Time spent together equals love. Even very young babies’ bond with and feel love by those who are with them the most. Spending time with your children is the most important investment you can make.
If you feel too busy to take a few hours off to attend your child’s back-to-school night, field trip, soccer game, jog-a-thon, or any other event that’s important to them, readjust your schedule and your life. You won’t regret it. When your kids grow up they’ll want to spend time with you because you made them a priority when they were young. Your jobs, and other things, may come and go but your children are with you for a lifetime. The time you spend with them is priceless. You can’t get that time back.