I believe it is important to find a common interest that you and your child share, then take time out of your busy schedule often to spend quality time with them. If you have more than one child (like us), take turns spending a few hours with each. For example: when Aaron takes William fishing, Lane and I might take a walk around the nieghborhood. The next week, William and I might go shopping, while Lane and Daddy go to the park. Take this time to talk with your child about school, thier other interests, or what they want to do when they grow up. It not only brings you closer, but it gives your child a big boost of self eestem. They begin to understand the importance of family and will open up to you more (which will be helpful in the teenage years). It also gives everyone a break from the hustle and bustle of life allowing you to take a look around your world. You notice just how fast your child is growing up and how quickly they change. Please don't wait until that day when you finally decide to come up for air, then notice your kid is grown.
Aaron is just waiting for the day when he can start teaching Lane to fish. Then he can truly die and go to heaven. Imagine the alone time mommy would get!
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