We live in a time when it’s never been more important to be involved in our children’s lives, and far too often we are less involved than ever. The economy, mentality, and necessity for “a better life” or “trying to make ends meet” have left us constantly searching for more time. It is common nowadays for both parents to have to work full-time and thus be extremely tired when they arrive home. The divorce rate, single mothers, daycare, and lack of involvement are concerns which can’t be ignored.
I will not even mention the percentage of children who don’t even know who their father is, but I can assure you the number is staggering. Obviously, these are all concerning issues which can’t be addressed at any length within this format. However, the lack of involvement so common by many of us warrants discussion at this time. Due to our hectic work schedules, selfish desires, and lack of energy, it is easier to have an X-Box; Ipad, or to drop off our children to participate in various activities while we do other things. After a long work week it is normal to want to wind down and have some time to ourselves. We may feel that we’re involved enough because we live in the same house, and attend their games when they participate in sports. But, how involved are you really? How often do you throw the ball around with your son, or sit down and color with your daughter? Unfortunately, there are far too many parents (especially father’s) whose active involvement in their child’s life comes only after other chosen interests have been concluded. In many cases, the children sadly receive “what’s left” of our energy for that particular day. Due to our busy schedules the hours with our children are limited. So why should we limit them even more? Our children aren’t in need of more things, another vacation or activity. They are far too often yearning for the need that’s been longing in their heart….YOU.
So, today ask yourself this question. How involved are you…really?