Dungy's Diary

Spontaneous Moments with Your Kids

 

“Our children are watching, there’s no doubt about it.”

Here’s something that I want you to think about in the days ahead. When was the last time you did something really silly with, or in front of, your children? When was the last time you did something so totally unexpected and spontaneous that your children still remember it to this day? Like jumping in the swimming pool with your clothes on or “accidentally” spraying whipped cream all over your face, starting a pillow fight in the bedroom, or splashing in the puddles after a summer rain?

Think about this: How many more of those moments will you have? How long will it be before other interests and demands on your children’s lives preempt the opportunities for you to do things together, to listen to their hearts as you spend the day together, and to talk about the things they need to know—like how wonderfully they have been created?

I don’t know what’s going on in your life right now. I don’t know what important stuff you have in front of you. I don’t know what, or who, is bothering you or trying to set your schedule for tomorrow or the days ahead. But I wonder if we all need to do a better job of listening to that gentle whisper from a God who daily reminds us to enjoy the sacred moments with those we love—with our dear friends, with those who need us, and especially with our precious children. They are moments we will look back on with either regret or a smile.


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  • John Rondello

    Absolutely true – we have only a certain period of time to take enjoy the little ones while they are still small. My children are all grown – but I make every attempt to celebrate with my grandchildren, even though I live 1200 miles away from them.

  • Lance Brown

    This is an outstanding reminder that every parent should read. These are the good ol days…. right now!

  • http://www.fathered.co/ Tom Pfingsten

    This is especially great advice for dads. I think we often take ourselves too seriously, but is that how we want to be remembered? Thanks for the good words.

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