Sometimes we really do need to stop and smell the roses. Langley is not that far from Vancouver, one of the most expensive cities in the world to live. This generally means both parents are working to try and make ends meet while spending less time with our kids. With all the hectic day to day (and we see this first hand with our parents at the daycare) we need to take a break and reflect on what really is important in life; our family and kids. Enjoy our kids for the age they are at because there will a time when the stage they are at will be gone; gone forever.
Although in our Langley childcare location, we do not provide infant care, we are still able to reflect on a few life changing moments. Like when your infant crawls for their very last time, or never sucks their thumb again. Never cuddles that favorite blanket. There will always be a last time for all of these stages and the importance of this is to appreciate and enjoy these moments when and while they are happening. When those moments are gone, you will never get back that time again with that same child.
Our Rainforest Langley Daycare caregivers fairly regularly have children that come up and give them ‘things’. These ‘things’ may vary from rocks, to shells to even a leaf. As a parent, you probably know exactly what we are talking about. Unfortunately most parents just take what has been given to them and throw it away when their child is not looking at them.
During our online research, one of our Langley daycare members came across a simple, but very meaningful message. After reading the message, we hope that you will reconsider throwing away what your child has just given you. Remember. They are not employed, do not have a job and more than likely do not have money. “When a child gives you a gift, even if it is a rock they just picked up, exude gratitude. It might be the only thing they have to give, and they have chosen to give it to you.”
When I first read this message, it brought a tear to my. I am not sure if it was the small hand with the rock and the little green cuff coming down the hand, however the message did hit very close to home and made me realize that although this rock my child has given me is of no financial value, the emotional value was extremely high.
Enjoy your kids and the presents they present to you. If they present you with a snail, you may want to reconsider that one.