Most things we deal with on a day-to-day basis do not matter.
They are insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
But, to kids, they might be the most important thing in the world.
Showing up for their class event
Reading to them at night
Watching them build something when they ask us to come to observe
Listening to them tell a story
Kids stay present much more than adults so when we show up for them and make them feel heard, seen, or acknowledged it can have a positive long-term effect even if it is hard to see at that moment.
It’s easy to brush away these moments and say “I’ll do it next time” because we are looking at it from our viewpoint. We see it on a grander scale. We think we have time.
Kids observe differently. They take it much harder when the consistent “no” or the “no show” happens. They are focused on the now. They crave our attention. We are their whole world.
It may not be important to us but maybe we should reconsider what is.