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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Empowering Girls - Parenting Presence - A New Earth

While technical difficulties (on my computer) kept me from watching most of the broadcast live last night I did get something out of the 30 minutes I saw.

What parent can't identify with the difficulty of staying present with their kids?

I struggle with this daily. The truth is, playing Legos with Zack or Barbies with Ainsley isn't that fun for me. It's a little boring, so I amuse myself by thinking about something else. I spend time that I'm physically present with them, thinking about what I'm going to write about and what else I need to do.

Of course the fact that I'm distracted is no secret to them. Even the smallest child is aware that you're not really paying attention to them.

One of my goals everyday is to spend at least a few minutes every day to be present with them and hear what they have to say and do the things they like to do.

It's really, really a challenge.

Any other parents relate to this lack of focus?

3 comments:

Summer said...

I wasn't home in time to watch it last night, so I'm hoping to watch the video tonight sometime.

It is hard to stay present, stay in the moment when playing with kids. Even when I actively try i will find myself slipping into "Ohh, I've got blog that' mode. LOL

gina said...

Who can't relate? It's always a challenge to stay focused on your children directly- but so worth the effort in the long run.

lisamm said...

I can relate completely. My kids always know when I'm zoning out on them, so I have to make an effort to stay in the moment. NOt always easy to do.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Empowering Girls - Parenting Presence - A New Earth

While technical difficulties (on my computer) kept me from watching most of the broadcast live last night I did get something out of the 30 minutes I saw.

What parent can't identify with the difficulty of staying present with their kids?

I struggle with this daily. The truth is, playing Legos with Zack or Barbies with Ainsley isn't that fun for me. It's a little boring, so I amuse myself by thinking about something else. I spend time that I'm physically present with them, thinking about what I'm going to write about and what else I need to do.

Of course the fact that I'm distracted is no secret to them. Even the smallest child is aware that you're not really paying attention to them.

One of my goals everyday is to spend at least a few minutes every day to be present with them and hear what they have to say and do the things they like to do.

It's really, really a challenge.

Any other parents relate to this lack of focus?

3 comments:

Summer said...

I wasn't home in time to watch it last night, so I'm hoping to watch the video tonight sometime.

It is hard to stay present, stay in the moment when playing with kids. Even when I actively try i will find myself slipping into "Ohh, I've got blog that' mode. LOL

gina said...

Who can't relate? It's always a challenge to stay focused on your children directly- but so worth the effort in the long run.

lisamm said...

I can relate completely. My kids always know when I'm zoning out on them, so I have to make an effort to stay in the moment. NOt always easy to do.