(This post was written by Gina McClain, Director of Children’s Ministries)
“Mom, when do you get off work?”
It was an odd question considering I was home that Sunday afternoon. I looked at my son and responded that I was off work. He retorted,
“No, I mean, when are you going to stop working?”
How frequently does that happen to you?
Here… but not really here.
Present… but not engaged.
This is not a great way to parent. In fact, parenting like this is like catching water in a sieve. I lose more than I retain. Why? Because I’m allowing gaps.
Gaps in my attentiveness to their conversation.
Gaps in my receptiveness to their needs.
Gaps in my ability to seize teachable God-moments.
All because I’m too preoccupied.
That question reminded me that I’ve got to focus on the two parenting values Fight for the Heart & Create a Rhythm. By considering ways that I can fight for the heart of my kids then I’m more willing to put down the iPhone and pick up a book. When I think of ways I can create the right rhythms in my home then I’m more willing to set aside the computer work and go out to play basketball.
So clearly I have some adjustments to make. Apparently I need to do a better job of punching the clock.