I'm Ruth, 33, mom of two amazing kids. My wonderful and beautiful daughter, Alyssa, is 12. She's my best friend. I love our special days together when it's only us. She helps me see through her eyes and understand the world. My laughing, always caring, and loving son, Blake, 10. He's always there to wrap an arm around me and pray with me. He makes me laugh every second of the day. I've been married for 15 years, senior year in high school, to the man of my dreams, love of my life, my high school sweetheart since our sophomore year in high school, David. He's my rock, my logical side, my reasoning, my love. He truly is my everything.
We've been attending the same church for 15 years and reside in Austin, Texas. I am a stay-at-home mom and Realtor. I have been on both sides of a full-time working mom and the full-time stay-at-home mom, so I can fully understand both sides. I am currently leaning how to speak girl teenager and pre-teen boy fluently. It's harder than I thought! :-)
Today I want to chat with you about making family time a priority....
I always hear comments and even complaints about Family Time. I was listening to the radio and a mom said if she could have one thing it would be to know what was going on in her kids life because they just don’t have time to talk. This baffled me. I couldn't comprehend the thought of not talking to my kids, not knowing what was going on each day at school, the newest crushes and breakups.
I can tell you exactly what projects my kids are working on, what class, when they are due and when they have a test coming up. We shuffle after school activities, practices and family errands.
Does that mean I am supermom? No, not even close. What it does mean is that I am involved in what my kids are doing. I take the time to ask them what is going on in their lives. Even if that means I have to write it down to remember. :) We talk about these things during family time…yes we have that.
We set aside one night a week - every Tuesday from at least 7:00 - 9:00 for our family time. No phone, no internet, no electronics, just our family. Our kids know not to even ask to do anything on Tuesdays and if they even think of getting out a phone…well, the big ole’ mama bear comes out..and she ain’t pretty! :)
We have to be intentional when it comes to our family. If not, then they will eventually slip away and we might sit wondering where did we go wrong? Now, I’m not saying family time is a cure all. Because we know it’s not. Life happens. Things happen. But during that family time, during that devotion and prayer time, your children will know that you love them. That you are seriously interested in the outcome of their lives. That you care. That no matter what every Tuesday, or whichever day and time you decide, it’s all about them. That can never be taken away and it will stay with them throughout their lives..no matter what :)
Family time for us has become such a wonderful part of our week. We look forward to it and actually enjoy it now (the kids thought the world was falling apart in the beginning). :)