The Greatest Gift is Time

Time is precious.  The fast pace of our modern-day family life made it difficult to find time to spend with our young children.  The activities and opportunities available were endless!  Normal life was flying by as we all rushed through our days to keep up with our very busy family schedules.  But recently, the unthinkable happened!  Overnight our fast-paced family life came to a screeching halt!

 

Schools closed, leaving many parents with the daily challenge of creating constructive educational lessons and activities for their children, while learning themselves how to do their jobs from home.

 

The fast-paced life made it easy to forget that simply just spending time with our young children is so very important.  Quality family time builds children’s self-esteem and strengthens family bonds.  Family activities don’t have to be expensive trips to be meaningful.  Simple things matter, like playing a game together, going on a walk or a bike ride, or reading a book to your child.  Now is a great time to create new family traditions or share old ones with your children.  The most important thing is just spending time together.

 

We now have the time to sit around the dinner table and eat family meals together.  Let your children help you prepare nutritional well-balanced meals.  Encourage open communication during your meals by simply asking your child what the favorite part of his or her day was.

 

As we all continue to stay at home and maintain our social distance during the Covid-19 pandemic, remember that this uncertain and unfamiliar time offers so many opportunities for families to spend time together and enjoy some good old-fashioned family bonding.  Time is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our children.  Seize these moments.  Enjoy this slower pace.  Time is precious.

 

Author: Vicki Starks, Fayette County Food & Fitness F2ECE Associate

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