Years ago, a young mother was making her way across the hills of South Wales, carrying her tiny baby in her arms, when she was overtaken by a blinding blizzard. She never reached her destination and when the blizzard had subsided her body was found by searchers beneath a mound of snow. But they discovered that before her death, she had taken off all her outer clothing and wrapped it about her baby. When they unwrapped the child, to their great surprise and joy, they found he was alive and well. She had mounded her body over his and given her life for her child, proving the depths of her mother love. Years later that child, David Lloyd George, grown to manhood, became prime minister of Great Britain, and, without doubt, one of England’s greatest statesman.
The things we did in those thirty minutes varied each day, and changed as the girls grew older. But this isn’t just for little children – teens need to spend time with you just as much – perhaps even more! With young children you could:
- bake something, or work on a dish for the supper meal together, play a board game, play on the swing set, draw on the sidewalk with chalk, teach your child to play hopscotch, ride bikes, play badminton or H-O-R-S-E on the basketball court.
With an older child you could:
- Teach a daughter a hobby – scrapbooking, card making, sewing, or cake decorating (anything that interests her). Have her teach you something about the computer! Discuss a book you’re both reading – Set Apart Femininity, for example. Go to Starbucks and have a beverage and play a board game there. Play an outdoor sport such as tennis.
- Talk to your son about being a man, a leader and a gentleman. Have him teach you about his favorite sport. Jogging or walking together each day would be a great way to spend thirty minutes with your child, and be able to talk (if you can talk and exercise at the same time!)
The ideas are endless – the point is – just plan to have Mom and Me Time. Mark it into your schedule and make a plan for what you’ll do. Time together will build a strong relationship and will provide you with wonderful memories you’ll both treasure. The Scripture says, Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. Make a sacrifice while your child is with you – you won’t believe how soon they’ll be gone.