Schedule a Date with Your Child

This is something I have come up with in order to deal with the overwhelming “mommy guilt” that comes from the constant question “Is he getting enough of my time and attention?” I have heard generations of mothers say, “They’re little for such a short time be sure to treasure it” and “I wish I had spent less time cleaning house or working and more time with my kids.” I have found that it is all too easy to get swept up in the daily demands of life and to let all those precious moments with your child just slip past.

So, I have started scheduling dates with Sam. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Sometimes it’s just a trip to the park or maybe it’s our Kindermusik class (one that I don’t teach where I can just be mom). Regardless of the activity, I make a point to schedule it into my calendar. I know that my personality is such that when I write things down in my planner, they actually happen (at least most of the time). That way I’ve committed to some true quality time with him during the week, when I know we won’t be running to the grocery store or trying to keep him distracted while I try to accomplish things around the house.

Maybe it’s a little silly, but it is something that has worked for me. I hope some of you will find it helpful, too.

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