My Vow to be a Present Parent

I am very fortunate to work in a profession that I love so much – nonprofits. I can go to bed every night and know that the work I put in for the day has made a true difference in the lives of those within my community. I love what I do, but I love being a mom more than anything.

Since I work Monday through Friday, and some weekends, I don’t get to be with my boys as much as I would like. In a perfect world, I would be a stay-at-home mom and make a salary at the same time, but that’s not the case.

When I’m not working and I’m with my boys, I try to make a conscious effort to be fully present. Now, I’m not perfect and I don’t take my own advice sometimes. It’s so easy to grab ahold of the phone when feeding the baby or sitting on the couch with my two-year-old and scroll through Instagram or Twitter.

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We’ve become so overwhelmed by the alluring nature of technology and social media, we often miss out on the most precious moments of life. What are you going to value most at the end of your time here on this planet, the last tweet you sent or the smile on kid’s face? The answer seems pretty simple to me.

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I am making a vow right here, right now, and I want you all to hold me accountable, that I will be ever present for every feeding, snuggle, and moment with my children. Let me tell you folks, time flies, and without the invention of a time machine, it’s just going to keep progressing.

I am going to be a present parent! Will you?

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3 thoughts on “My Vow to be a Present Parent

  1. thesemommadays says:

    I really value this- I just started blogging and feel like I’m on my phone all the time and I think my toddler has definitely noticed, too- good reminder for me to be more aware and more present during his day!

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    • makingsofamillennialmama says:

      I don’t know about you, but I’m often struck with this feeling of guilt, but I swear just setting aside the phone for a few moments really makes a difference. My two-year-old is getting more of my time, especially since he has to share it with the baby. I keep reminding myself, it will be there when I return and there is nothing too urgent that can’t wait.

      Looking forward to checking out your blog!

      You got this mama!

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  2. helenalemon says:

    You are a very wise mama! I blog as well but I don’t have little ones, they’re all grown! I don’t know how I would have done it, as a young mom. I had enough distractions as it was, back when they were young. I do think you have to have some sort of interest that keeps you being you, aside from your role as a mom. But childhood is such a temporary time and it will never happen again. Being able to witness it so close-up as a mom is a treasure beyond price! So enjoy every minute you possibly can!

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