One morning, many years ago I went to wake my son, Zach. He was probably five at the time.
Instead of gathering his books, making a hasty lunch box meal and ushering him out the door I looked him square in the eye and asked, “how’d you like to stay home and play video games together all day?”
He responded with an enthusiastic, “yes!”
We sat on the couch the whole day eating snacks, playing Disney Infinity. I don’t remember much about it, just that it was simple, we laughed and sat together the entire day.
That day was one of our happiest and he brings it up still now – remember the day you let me stay home and play video games ALL DAY!? ☺️ (how could I forget)
Sure some would say that this was poor parenting, poor judgment and contributed to his future as a couch spud – but I disagree.
Because life isn’t a matter of milestones, but a matter of moments.
Sometimes we place so much emphasis on one thing and not enough emphasis on another and we aim for perfection along the way.
Don’t forget to be silly with your kids. Watch a program, play a game, take them out of school a few hours early to go play in the dirt – and don’t feel bad about it! Someday they will be moms and dads feeling Ok silly-ing it up with their offspring.
And those are the moments they will remember, forever.