We were in the middle of selling our house while beginning building our new home. There were showings nearly every day, my husband was working all day every day, and the roof was being replaced for the buyers. How do you practice intentional parenting in the midst of all of this?
Life was chaos.
It became so easy to plop my kiddos in front of the tv all day while I packed and prepared the house to sell. Let’s be honest, it can be so easy to switch on the tv and let technology babysit.
Then one day, I stopped in the midst of the roofers pounding away. I noticed my daughter staring at the tv even though she could hardly hear with all the noise.
I realized that even when the tv is on, my toddler often runs off to do something else while leaving the tv on in the background. And then proceeds to whine if I go to turn it off.
I thought back on the week at the amount of whining and fussing she had done and wondered if it was related to the amount of screen time.
As with any relationship, the mother-daughter connection ebbs and flows throughout life. There are mountains… and valleys.
Looking back on my relationship with my mother throughout my life, there were times when we spent every spare moment together. We went to concerts, traveled, and hung out together often.
Right now, I am a mother of two myself. Between cooking, cleaning, and caring for two little ones, my time is stretched thin. I hardly have time for a text or phone call, let along face-to-face interaction. I’m finding it difficult to keep up with friends (and family!). As much as I want to, there just isn’t that much time left over to spend with my own mother.