Your child asks you to come play and you hear yourself say,
“Sorry honey, but I can’t right now, maybe later”.
Right after the words tumble out you feel that huge weight of guilt.
You look over to see her disappointed face and you notice how big she is getting. She’s growing up so fast and you know the days and minutes are ticking away.
You don’t want to miss out on precious opportunities like these but there is just so much to do all the time. You wonder if you’ll ever balance the demands of motherhood plus all the other stuff you have on your plate with actually enjoying time with your kids.
But imagine if instead of saying no you said yes. And that simple yes turned into a play session filled with smiles, silliness and much-needed fun. Afterwards you feel connected to her again and you realize how much you missed that feeling.
What if it only took 15 minutes and you were still able to get all your other tasks completed?!
And then, instead of feeling guilt, you feel like a rock star because you just turned a potential lost opportunity into lasting memories!
If you are a fellow hard working and busy mom who wants to enjoy time with her kids while also successfully managing her other responsibilities then you are in the right place.
At ELJ you will find simple ways to weave kid-friendly fun into your life without taking 5 hours out of your schedule to complete a complex craft or taking an entire day to cook food that represents all your child’s favorite cartoon characters. If you have a passion for those types of things that’s wonderful and I’ll be over here admiring your work!
Here at ELJ we’ll be keeping it simple and taking everyday opportunities to connect and have fun with our kids. It isn’t about adding more to your to-do list. But rather, doing a little bit of intentional planning during the week and simply identifying and taking advantage of opportunities when they come up.
As a busy mom of three I know how difficult it can be at times to actually enjoy moments with our kids. The to-do’s stack up and we feel like our time might be better spent cleaning the bathroom than playing Pie Face with our kids.
But when we change our perspective, include gratitude in our daily lives and see opportunities for what they are – blessings – things change, including our relationship with our children.
It’s an ongoing journey and I’m learning everyday just like you are. But as I’ve made a conscious effort to say “yes” to spending time with my kids, I’ve seen the positive impact it’s had on them and me.
And we are all happier for it!
At ELJ you will find the encouragement and resources you need to start saying “yes” to spending one-on-one time with your kids.
Are you in? Great! Let’s get started!
If you want to start on a path of gratitude you can begin today by reading one or all of these posts:
I am so excited to have you as part of this community! I’ll be cheering you on as you walk on this journey and start seeing some immediate changes in your family.