Monday, March 11, 2013

Mom, Do You Need This Wake Up Call?

Children in the Park with Mamma

Dear Mom On the iPhone,

I see you over there on the bench, messing on your iPhone. It feels good to relax a little while your kids have fun in the sunshine, doesn’t it? You are doing a great job with your kids, you work hard, you teach them manners, have them do their chores.

But Momma, let me tell you what you don’t see right now…..

Your little girl is spinning round and round, making her dress twirl. She is such a little beauty queen already, the sun shining behind her long hair. She keeps glancing your way to see if you are watching her.

You aren’t.

Your little boy keeps shouting, “Mom, MOM watch this!” I see you acknowledge him, barely glancing his way.

He sees that too. His shoulders slump, but only for a moment, as he finds the next cool thing to do.

Now you are pushing your baby in the swing. She loves it! Cooing and smiling with every push. You don’t see her though, do you? Your head is bent, your eyes on your phone as you absently push her swing.

Talk to her. Tell her about the clouds, Mommy. The Creator who made them. Tickle her tummy when she comes near you and enjoy that baby belly laugh that leaves far too quickly.

Put your eyes back on your prize…Your kids.

Show them that they are the priority. Wherever you are, be ALL there. I am not saying it’s not ok to check in on your phone, but it’s a time-sucker: User Beware!

Play time at the park will be over before you know it.

The childhood of your children will be gone before you know it.

They won’t always want to come to the park with you, Mommy. They won’t always spin and twirl to make their new dress swish, they won’t always call out, “WATCH ME!”

There will come a point when they stop trying, stop calling your name, stop bothering to interrupt your phone time.

Because they know…

You’ve shown them, all these moments, that the phone is more important than they are. They see you looking at it at while waiting to pick up brother from school, during playtime, at the dinner table, at bedtime…..

I know that’s not true, Mommy.

I know your heart says differently.

But your kids can’t hear your words, Mommy. Your actions are screaming way too loudly.

May our eyes rest upon those we love, first and foremost, and may everything else fall away in the wonderful, noisy, sticky-fingered glory of it all.

I don't know who wrote this, but it was shared on Facebook.  If you know, please share!

This can also begin with, "Dear Mom on the computer, on the phone, watching TV..." you get the picture.  Moms, wake up!  Our babies will be grown before we know it.  Let's not miss out on these precious moments.

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  1. That is such a beautiful piece of writing, with much truth in it. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Beautifully said, yes there can be a lot of distractions that can get between us and our family, the choice is ours. In everything we make conscious and unconscious choice, but choices are being made and they affect more the just us, because lets face it, we are not alone!

    Thanks for the reminder

    1. Very wise, indeed. Yes we are making choices all the time.

  3. I'm really glad this stuff wasn't invented till my children were almost grown. Each year brings more temptations with it, it seems.

    1. It's true, I think. Lots of temptation with all the electronic gadgets. They so easily distract.

  4. Hello, I have seen this with my own eyes way to many times. But I have also have been shocked at this same thing with couples. I must always put the alive and real people first! For these are where I am being trained and used. Thanks for reminding us!
    Blessings Roxy

  5. Whilst I partly agree with this, children need to understand they can't always have our time and they may need to wait. Mothers and fathers do need time to do other things plus quiet time that doesn't involve children. This can create very indulged children.


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