If you are like many people as a child you had an opportunity to play in one of those iconic Radio Flyer red wagons. If you can remember back to this special moment there is a lot of that experience that may have left some kind of impression with you. There is the rumble from underneath that vibrated as you flopped around, the cool metal that you could hold onto as someone pulled you across the yard or sidewalk, and the cool breeze that would tickle across your face as you went. This may be a treasured memory that you can hold onto and looking back you should ask yourself about who was there.
When you think of this peaceful and possibly thrilling experience can you remember who it was that was pulling you? Was it a friend, or a sibling? Possibly it was a parent, and if it wasn’t, do you wish it was? For those who have had this amazing and fun experience of just being pulled around by a parent, wasn’t that a special and ensuring experience?
Just like being pulled around in one of those red wagons, as parents we are pulling our children through their childhood and through what is likely the most important time of their lives. Time and time again experts have agreed that the best thing that you can do for your child is to give them more of your time. There is no other parenting tip or special task you can perform greater then what you can give them through just being available to them.
One of the most important things that you should remember as you are thinking about what you can and should do for your child is to keep in mind that every child who does not have this part of them nurtured and cared will eventually begin to have a hole in the core of their being. This hole will only build and get larger as your child gets older until eventually, they realize that if this hole isn’t filled by someone they will have to fill it themselves. The unfortunate thing is that once you may have realized this important fact it may be too late to stop difficult and painful events from damaging your child.
On the other side of the coin, if you are to take time with your child, and it doesn’t have to involve one of those red wagons, but giving your child even the opportunity to talk to you may make all of the difference in the world.
Giving your time to a child can mean the difference between children who are active, honest, and involved, and children who are depressed, frightened and involved in negative activities. Remember it’s not something that has to be elaborate, and can consist of simply asking how their day went at school, and then stopping and actually listening to what they have to say about it.