With 6 kids it is often hard to figure out how to divide my attention the right way. I so want my kids know that they are loved and that I value the things they want to do. Admittedly, looking at the fine details of yet another Lego guy or jumping on the tramploline with a very bossy 2 year old are not always on the top of my list of things I want to do– but when I give myself fully to that moment the rewards are great. I’m learning that my full presence and attention for just 5 or 10 minutes can fill them up and set them free to play and explore on their own for quite awhile, but if I persist that I’m too busy then they pester and whine for much longer than that and we are both left frusterated. Who wants that?
Really, a few jumps can be pure joy.