This is a guest post by Joy Prouty (@joyprouty). Joy lives in Washington State: homesteading, baby chasing, picture taking, homeschooling, Jesus seeking, great big dreaming & finding the good in every day. You can find out more about her photography on her website: wildflowersphotos.com .
This is a picture from our bleary eyed walk at 5:30am. Taking a big breath to gain some parenting motivation for the day, I opened up the book Raising Godly Tomatoes to this:
"You need not commit a fixed portion of the day to deliberate play or "quality time". Every minute spent with your children should be quality time, even when disciplining. Just a minute or so of attention will greatly please a child and confer love and security. When they come to you, stop your routine and make yourself physically and emotionally available. Smile! Answer their questions, give them your undivided attention... this reflects the importance of ENJOYING your children, extending your love and approval when they come to you all those precious little times throughout the day." - Elizabeth Krueger.
OH how many times I put my kids off because I'm "doing something." Yes, there are always 200 things to get done, but today I will try to look them in the eye with gentleness...even after they whine "mommy! mommy! mommeeeeeee!" It may not be convenient, but it will be a step towards being the kind of mommy I want them to remember me being.
Who's with me?
(original post appeared on instagram)