By Adam L.
Dear Friends of our toy blog and our little toy store here at Toys4MyKids.com. It’s again this time of the year when we look back on what happened in our lives within the last 12 months, personally, professionally and socially. And the time to make plans for the new year.
Reflecting on the passing year, for me the main question to answer is – did I spent “enough” time with my kids? And then other questions begin to pop up in my mind:
Do they feel they had the care and attention they were expecting?
Has our mutual understanding improved?
Did I take their problems seriously or were there some moments when I thought: ‘Wait till you’re a grown-up, then you’ll know what real problems are”? Am I forgetting sometimes that in our kids minds their problems can be more overwhelming than ours to us?
Was I always attentive enough when they needed my attention, even when they didn’t ask for it in words?
Was I able to strengthen their sense of belonging to our family?
Could I create and share those precious moments of their joy and happiness?
After thinking about it, I have to admit that there is still a long way to to go before I can call myself a “perfect” dad. But by answering those questions it became clear to me, what exactly I will do in the New Year to achieve my, if not perfect dad, at least a better dad goal.
So now I know where I’m heading. And maybe such or other questions we might ask ourselves as parents could be of benefit for our readers. All I know is – it works for me. Aren’t we all on our way to become better moms and dads? Since the world outside is such a complex one, it’s becoming more difficult for our kids too, not only for us. And they need us (even if they sometimes might deny it, this is one thing we know better. Because we can feel it).
The very best wishes to all of you for the New Year. May the new 2017 be a healthy and peaceful and joyous one. May you be happy and give happiness to your kids and loved ones.
Happy new year to all of us!