There’s a new public promotional ad I’ve seen recently on TV with a young Dad doing push-ups with his baby face to face.
And the baby and Dad are connecting – beautifully – and the message is … “Do not disturb is on. Be in the moment.”
And I love that message so much.
But because families are so busy and often distracted, parents can feel they just don’t have the time to make those connections. But when you discover – it only takes a moment or two – a moment of playfulness, of genuine interaction, of spontaneous affection, appreciation, warmth, laughter, acknowledgment – you realize it’s doable, you know it can happen.
Looking at my window right now, I just noticed a neighbor dad and his young son riding their bikes down the street – just the two of them – for fun. Score!
And parents, overly critical of themselves, might realize, “Hey, I do that all the time, but I didn’t think it counted.”
That’s because we are often made to feel it’s the whole day out at an amusement park, or a week’s vacation , or some special event that makes our child feel special, feel loved.
Those are definitely fun times, but the ones that resonate and make our connections strong are the intimate exchanges that happen everyday that fill our child’s “bucket” and assures them they are loved, they are noticed, they are enjoyed, they are cherished.
So…really … trust your moments – they can mean the most.