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Your Kids after Work
is well worth the effort!
By Gina Turner
Reconnecting with our kids after work requires
forethought – a
time of transition from our other duties in our hearts,
minds, and actions before we see our precious gifts. Even
if it’s on the drive to pick up my son, I take
a few moments to pray that God will bless our afternoon
and evening together.
I greet my son with a hug and a special compliment and
immediately get involved with his day by asking about
the new toy he has in his hands (perhaps a prize from the “goody
box” or a classmate’s birthday party).
If you have time to plan ahead, think of a few activities
your child has been asking to do…maybe it’s
a new kite he’s been wanting to fly or a new
website game that he wants you to play with him (or
screen for him!). Maybe you can even record a new television
show for your child.
Plan ahead (it only takes a few moments) for a special
snack you know your child likes – berries, snap peas,
or that occasional “mommy special” (ours
consists of a chocolate sundae with marshmallows on
In the evening, mealtime is a good time to review the
day and ask about special events at school, as well
as have a devotional reading (we enjoy “Little Visits
Bedtime is a great time to read those special books together,
and to thank God for your blessings. If you’ll allow
yourself to occasionally hang around until the little ones
drift off to sleep, they may share concerns they’ve
tucked in their hearts throughout the busy day, and you
may get some “You’re the best mommy in the
world” comments, along with a few extra snuggles.
And of course, the weekend is coming for bigger excursions,
perhaps just a picnic in the park, a game night, or just
digging for worms in the back yard.
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