Friday, March 23, 2012

Doing Less

I follow a beautiful, creative mama named Abby over at My Yellow Sandbox. Her post today was so encouraging (and challenging) to me that I decided to repost it here. I hope it's an encouragement to you, too!

"Mothers who know, do less.  They permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally.  They allow less media in their homes, less distraction, less activity that draws their children away from their home.  Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world's goods in order to spend more time with their children - more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying.  These mothers choose carefully and do not try to choose it all.  Their goal is to prepare a rising generation of children who will take the gospel of Jesus Christ into the entire world."- Julie B. Beck (click here for entire talk)

My adorable girl in her new pink "fwimsuit".

I want to be the kind of mother who does less.  All our kids really need and want from us is our time.  They need our time and attention.  And after all, if we're not giving it to them... who and what is? I am probably the worst offender of not giving my children my time.  I'm a stay at home mom.  So I'm with my kids ALL day.  And because of that, it's hard for me to actually sit down and just play with them.  If Boston is happy playing by himself I'm cleaning or doing laundry.  I'm working on crafts, talking on the phone and blah blah blah.  A million things.  I find myself telling Boston "I'll be there in just a second" way too often.   But I stay at home so I can spend time with my kids.  So I can teach them and be with them.  Am I taking advantage of that blessing?  Or am I squandering the hours away with meaningless tasks?

I'm probably doing a little bit of both.  And I am challenging myself and all you other mommas to spend just a little bit more time with your kids.  Time away from the TV, from phones, homework, visiting neighbors and to-do lists.  No regrets.

Let's see if we can be a little more like the mother who does less!

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