Today was an eye opener for me. It was “parents meet kids” day at my kids school. This is the day where parents are invited to school and get to participate in classroom activites with their children while getting to meet the teachers, other parents and children.
My wife and I were early by about 10 minutes. We stood outside our daughter’s class, and one by one kids started to come up and ask,”uncle, did you see if my mum / dad was coming”, “can you see them” … Basically all of the children were being so hopeful to see a parent, if not both show up. Of course only a handful of parents made it for what ever the reasons may be.
What really startled me, and it is something I had never realized before, was as we took our places in class, there were kids who were still looking out the door hoping their parents would show up. One kid started crying, a girl came up to me and asked if I could be with her….. It was unbelievable.
After seeing the impact, of not being there, on the children today, it has now become a number one priority. Often times in our busy-ness we expect out kids to understand why we can’t make time for them, but we never understand how our kids feel feel when we don’t make the time.
What is even sadder is that the children will probably never share how they feel because when they open up to us we probably sush them up with our “so busy” story.
I share this today to encourage all of us to take time and look at the world through the eyes of our children and to listen to them and to hear them. And when we do that, it will bring a complete new meaning to parenting.