Time for attention

We know that children need attention. But the adult often has other interests and needs a well-deserved rest. Are they really just a burden to us, our dear little ones? It may be that children can be exhausting in their need and curiosity and the daily educational work demands a lot from us. But what is more important, the child or our own needs?

The other day I read Peter Rosegger's “The Book of the Little One”. I was particularly touched by the following sentences: quote “I have to work, my child, you say when it wants to come to you. The work is done, it is approaching again. You have to learn now, child, is your instruction. The school assignment is complete. Now go and get moving, young limbs have to troll! In the evening it finally comes again. But now leave me alone, I'm tired enough, and you make me go to bed. - This is how it works today, this is how it works tomorrow. On Sunday, you think. On Sunday a friend will kidnap you on a country tour, and you have to relax too. You will never get to know it like this, or it will quickly become estranged from you. You cheat the child for the father and the father for the child. ”Unquote.

We know that children need attention. But the adult often has other interests and needs a well-deserved rest. Are they really just a burden to us, our dear little ones? It may be that children can be exhausting in their need and curiosity and the daily educational work demands a lot from us.

What children really need

But those who get involved with children warmly and authentically, who give them attention and care, who let themselves be infected by their joy and liveliness, will be richly rewarded. When children are taken seriously, when they experience affection and sometimes also loving severity, they thrive splendidly, to the joy and pride of their parents. Otherwise, we often have to regret bitterly later that we haven't been there enough, because children who have problems will also do some.

Investment in sustainable happiness

Everything in life has its time. Let us learn from the children to live in the moment and to discover the beautiful in what is, to accept the present challenge and to give it all the necessary attention. The vacation trip to Hawaii, the purchase of the Mercedes, the consumption of films and the leisure industry can be postponed, childhood not. This does not mean that parents have to forego all the comforts of the adult world, but we are setting the right priorities! Let us let our children feel that they are the most important thing in our life! What they need most is not our money, but our time and attention. Caring for our loved ones should always be a top priority in our lives. It is an investment in sustainable happiness and brings abundant fruits, not only when we are old.

Maria Neuberger-Schmidt

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