What Children Want

While browsing Pinterest, I recently found a link to an amazing list compiled by a very wise teacher.  Each year, nearing Mother's Day, Erin Kurt would ask her students to write down the things that their mothers did that made them feel happy and loved.  After sixteen years of gathering mothering advice, she found that in every age group she taught, every country she visited, many of the answers were very much the same.  

  1. Come into my bedroom at night, tuck me in, and sing me a song. Also tell me stories about when you were little.
  2. Give me hugs and kisses and sit and talk with me privately.
  3. Spend quality time just with me, not with my brothers and sisters around.
  4. Give me nutritious food so I can grow up healthy.
  5. At dinner talk about what we could do together on the weekend.
  6. At night talk to me about about anything; love, school, family, etc.
  7. Let me play outside a lot.
  8. Cuddle under a blanket and watch our favorite TV show together.
  9. Discipline me. It makes me feel like you care.
  10. Leave special messages in my desk or lunch bag.
As a mommy of three, I am realizing that, all too often, these simple gestures fall to the wayside because {I feel} there's just so many other things to do, or {I feel} there's not enough time, or {I feel} something else has priority right then.  What a great reminder (and wake up call!) this list has been for me!  What do you think about the list?  Looking back to your childhood, would any of these things have been on your list as well?

The time goes by so quickly and each moment we have with our children is so precious... let's make it worthwhile and fill it with sweet, happy memories.  

1 comment:

JenT said...

Great reminder!