Parenting: It is time parents put away their electronic toys and spend quality time with their children
Okay, we know we might upset a few parents this week, but we have been around long enough to know that this needs to be said. It is time parents put away their electronic toys and spend quality time with their children. Keep reading to find out why we believe this is so.
If you have brought children into this world, or you have taken on the responsibility of raising them, then this week’s post is directed at you and we hope you can withhold judgment until the end and see if you agree with us.
Every child comes into this world looking to those around them for guidance and direction.
Primarily that will be their parents, but when those parents abrogate their responsibility those children will look to others for advice, whether that be school friends, other adults, or even actors playing fictional roles on the TV.
Who your children ultimately look to is your decision. If you ignore them, spend every waking hour at work or the pub, or get so caught up in your smartphone, tablet, PC or TV that you are intellectually absent as a parent, they will get their advice elsewhere.
And if this happens, it will be your fault!
You will have no right to complain when your 16 year-old son is arrested by the police or your 15 year-old daughter comes home pregnant.
If you fail them as parents when they are little, they will not be interested in your advice when they are older. It starts as soon as they are born and it continues for the rest of your life.
You never stop being a parent and you should never stop trying to guide and counsel them, even when they’re all grown up and think they know everything.
If you love your children, and we certainly hope you do, then listen up right now.
It is high time that all parents took their role a LOT more seriously and started spending quality time with their little ones from the day of their birth. Put away your electronic gadgets until they are in bed and learn to spend quality time with them. Talk to them, talk with them, and let them see you care about them and love them dearly.
Only when they see you care will they begin to listen to what you have to say.
And if you don’t believe us, check out this sad but blunt cry from children titled: ‘They’re not giving me enough attention‘.
Build solid relationships now with your children that will last a lifetime, and as they grow you will be able to counsel and guide them and they will want to listen to you. And one day they will thank you for it. But it is your choice parents.
Ignore them now and you risk losing them for good!
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor
Empowering people to live a healthy, active, authentic and fulfilling lifestyle.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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