Whether you’re a stay at home or a working parent, not providing our children with “everything they need” can immediately put us in a state of guilt.
We see images on social media of people taking big vacations, taking their kids to see the latest show, enrolling in three different lessons, or buying the best baby swing and we question whether or not our child is missing out by not having all of the extras.
While vacations are wonderful and lessons are great, our children do not need much apart from a safe and nurturing relationship during those early years of life.
They may remember going to Disneyworld and getting to meet Elsa or Mr. Incredible but when they grow up and someone asks them, what was it like growing up with your parents?
We hope that they’ll say,
I remember my mom sitting with me in the playroom building blocks, then after we used up all the blocks, we’d pretend we were bulldozers and knock down the tower. We’d roll on the floor laughing and hugging.
I remember waking up each Sunday morning and making pancakes with my dad. He’d let me mix all the ingredients and then I’d sit on the counter and watch him flip the pancakes.
Building a relationship with your children comes in the everyday ordinary moments.
The moments when you make small gestures to connect with your children and let them know that they are special and loved.