Enjoy Every Moment With Your Children

It’s a common refrain among seasoned parents: “It seems like only yesterday…” Children grow so quickly and the years seem to fly right by. Sadly, too many parents look back once their children have grown and wish they had paid greater during the early years.

This is why it is vital for parents of young children to remember to take full advantage of each and every day while their children are still young. If you are such a parent, minimize your regrets later by seizing the opportunities now. You’ll be glad you did.

Busy parents, though, find this difficult to do. Often, they find themselves wishing their children would grow up faster. Motivated by the time and energy that raising a child requires, many parents yearn for their children to reach what they perceive to be an easier age. This yearning can begin almost as soon children are born.

“I can’t wait until they can hold their own bottle.”
“I can’t wait until they are out of diapers.”
“I can’t wait until they learn to read.”
“I can’t wait until they learn to drive.”
“I can’t wait until…”

Eventually, though, many parents end up longing to return to those formative years—the very years they had wished away! Their children, now fully grown, have moved away and started their own families. The parents are left wondering where the time has gone.

Yes, parenting a young child can be exhausting. You may collapse into bed every night after exerting all your energy in caring for your children. That’s the reality. But do not wish away the reality in favor of some fantasy.

The days may be long, but the years are short. In the end, you will look back and treasure each and every moment you had with your children. Do not allow those opportunities to slip by unnoticed.

About Greg Hanson

Greg Hanson is a freelance writer and public speaker specializing in matters of practical faith. Greg has spoken to audiences in the U.S. and in Canada, and his writings have been used by speakers and leaders around the world. As the pastor of a local church, Greg helps people deal with a variety of relational, financial, and spiritual problems. As a sports enthusiast (hockey in particular) he is informed about what happens on the ice/field and in the front office. And as a parent of two young children… well, he’s still learning. Greg resides in Prince Edward Island, Canada, with his wife Shera and their children, Nate and Noah.

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