A commonly heard parenting saying is, "the days feel long, but the years pass quickly." Though clichés are often dismissed as trite, this one holds true for many.
In the initial years of parenting, as our little ones explore the world for the first time, the days can seem never-ending, filled with diaper changes, to-do lists, magical firsts, and unexplained tears. Yet, in the blink of an eye, newborns become walkers, toddlers embark on preschool adventures, and six-year-olds evolve into sixth graders.
Scientists suggest that our perception of time is linked to presence and discovery. Moments of first experiences, celebrations, and focused attention create markers in our minds, shaping our perception of time. The more markers we accumulate, the longer the year appears.
In 2024, our resolution is to consciously create more memories. Our culture revolves around cherishing the precious first moments in a child's early years. This year, we commit to paying extra attention to each magical moment, fostering memories that will allow reflection with a sense of presence, appreciation, and connection. We invite you to join us on this journey!
Here are a few intentional ways we plan to make memories in the coming year:
Celebrate the Small Moments:
Celebration doesn't need to be elaborate. Simply mark the joy of important events in your child's life. Celebrate their first word with a special dinner or adorn the house with balloons as they transition to a big kid bed. Establish traditions, like reading together on Sunday nights after a visit to the library. The key is to be together and add a little "extra" to these important moments.
Be Present in Brief Moments:
In a world filled with distractions, even short periods of undivided attention make a significant impact on the connection between parents and children. Instead of attempting to be fully present all day, focus on brief intervals of 10 or 15 minutes. Dedicate this time solely to your child, devoid of phones, TVs, or interruptions. Engage in activities like playing a game, singing a song, or listening to their stories. These short, focused moments become cherished memories for both you and your child.
For infants and toddlers, every moment is an exploration of the new world around them. While adults may find certain things mundane, like ants or garbage trucks, make a conscious effort to slow down and experience these moments through your child's eyes. Engage in their fascination, ask questions, and share the joy of discovery. By truly paying attention and appreciating the everyday wonders, we can influence our perception of time and make it seem to slow down, savoring the richness of each moment