Every year Parents Week celebrates the contributions that parents make to their children’s lives. This year’s event runs from the 22 to 28 October and the theme is Make a Moment which aims to celebrate those special moments that you have with your child. This isn’t about lavishing lots of money on your child and buying expensive gadgets or toys but about giving time and attention to your child.
This is the first time I’ve heard of such an event and I have to say I think it’s a really good idea. It’s about time we had some positive reinforcement about parenting because all too often it feels as though we are criticised and blamed for every social ill in society. Sometimes it feels as though we can’t do anything right. With so much micro-analysis on parenting (put parenting into google and you get 296,000,000 hits) it’s easy to feel that our parenting isn’t meeting some exacting standard and to feel like we’re failing. I know I’ve felt like this from time to time so it’s nice to have the opportunity to join in with Parents Week and share some of my special moments.
So here we go, five of my special memories:-
I love it when we have family dinner times together, when we have an opportunity to sit round our kitchen table and talk and laugh and sometimes complain and argue about things. It’s the best time of the day even if I am left with a mountain of washing up.
I love it when we cosy up on a cold winter’s night, when we put the fire on, draw the curtains and watch the television together. I love the feeling of being together away from the prying eyes of others.
I love it when we play board games. I love the gentle competition, the teasing and laughter. I love it even more when our son joins in.
I love it when we go out. It is hard for us go anywhere so when we can it is even more special. I particularly love going to our local coffee shop and treating ourselves to our favourite drink and piece of cake. And as we sip our drinks and nibble at our cakes, I love listening to you and what you have to say about your world. It makes me realise how lucky I am to be your mum.
I love it when I go out and leave you with your dad. Every week you have an evening with your dad when you all share a bag of chips and a pot of curry sauce. I know you like me to go out because it means more chips for you but I don’t mind because you’re having precious time with your dad. One day you will appreciate that time with him.
These are some of my favourite moments. It’s been good to think about them and to record them like this because life often feels so busy that I forget that the ordinary moments together are actually very special indeed.
If you would like to find our more about Parents Week and Make a Moment then click here. Perhaps you will feel inspired to join in too.