I struggle with a love/hate relationship with technology, with the draw of smart phones, TVs, computers, etc. My own distractions always checking my phone or my family always on iPads or glued to a TV. How much are we missing?
We live in such a distracted culture, to busy looking at our phones and to do lists…I am a to do list junky, I have filing cabinet drawers filled with used notebooks that are filled with to do lists. I don’t know how to function without a to do list. I have to look at my priorities and stop putting my to do list in front of my children and family. I have to stop letting the things that are not necessary right now wait until later.
Rachel in her book says “Stop allowing your to do list to dictate your life.”
I don’t want to miss out on moments with my family and my kids, moments with my husband just to snuggle, moments to enjoy my kids, cuddle, laugh and just be silly. I don’t want to miss watching them grow. Teaching my daughter that she is loved and beautiful and my sons to be godly men. I don’t want to blink and them be grown up.
The connections we have with the ones we love has to be nurtured and made a priority. I want to be that mom; the one whose children feel loved and wanted, the mom who plays games, bake cookies, the fun mom, the mom who pays attention to her kids every need. It’s a moms job to breath life into our families, to set the tone, and mood in our homes. Our job is to build connections to nurture relationships and teach our children how to communicate and have relationships with others.
Through out the books she discusses being present with your family. It is so important that we make every effort to be present with our families and our children. Making every effort to walk away from the phone and computer and engage with those around us.
This book reminded me of how precious this time is and how much I don’t want it to slip through my fingers. They are only small for so long and the funny stories and games will fade with time, my focus is my family; to love them, to train them, to make lasting memories with them. Everything and everyone else can wait.
Absolutely a must read for every parent…the front of the book really sums it up well…”A guide to putting down the phone, burning the to-do list, and letting go of perfection to grasp what really matters!” A call to mama’s everywhere to grasp what really matters.