As a parent, you are the greatest influence in your child’s life. The is no one as important as you in your child’s life. Other people make an impact along the way, but nothing close to the one you make. This is a great reason, spending a lot of time with your children is very important. Excellent parenting depends of how much of your time you invest on your children. Not money, gifts, and all the other things we give. First, the more time you spend with your child, the more you get to know your child. Just because they are our children doesn’t automatically mean we know them very well. It takes time to know anyone and it takes time to build a genuine relationship. The better you know your child, the more accurate you are advocating for them in times of need, the more you can strength their strengths and help them overcome or learn to manage their weaknesses, the more you can help boost their self-esteem, the more their sense of security is increased etc.
We live in a society that says if you are not on the run you are boring or lazy or wasting time. However, suicide has been on the rise, low self-image on the rise, lack of fulfillment, depression and other mental disorders including in children. How can it be that we run so much that we don’t have time for the most important aspects of our lives. Our spouse, our children, family, time for ourselves and worst of all, no time for God! How can we be surprised at the results we are getting in our society?
Being busy doesn’t necessary mean being productive. The greatest key to productivity is living a balanced life which includes having time to reflect and rest. The greatest gift we can give to our children and to each other is our time. Investing time on your children will make a big difference in the rest of their life functions starting with how they feel about themselves.
Deuteronomy shows the importance of spending a lot of time with our children. All day long. When you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up!
Deuteronomy 11:19-21New King James Version (NKJV)
19 You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 20 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.
Ann Makena is a wife and a mother. Outside of home, she is an independent instruct through community education and mainly instructs of intercultural communications and relations, parenting among other personal growth subjects for adults. She is a co-host of a local TV show within twin cities metro area. Ann is an ordained pastor and teaches on spiritual growth and application of scriptures. She is an inspirational speaker. She is the founder of sister charitable organization in U.S. and in Kenya providing home for orphaned and abandoned children. She also advocates for those oppressed among other ministries. She is the author of “Become Whole, Unbreakable and Unstoppable” and “Knowing and Yielding to The Voice That Counts” She is a co-author of “Miracles Still Happen, IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE-EXPLAIN ME” with her son Nate Munene (who was not expected to survive at birth has endured major medical complications and is thriving). Ann has found success in parenting in spite of dealing with severe medical conditions and believes trusting God and being intentional brings about success. Ann has M.A in Ministry leadership, M.A in Theological studies, B.A in Psychology-Counseling and B.A. in Divinity. She has C.P.E. (Clinical Pastoral Education). She previously served as a full-time hospice chaplain for 10 years. She provided spiritual and emotional support for patients facing end of life diagnosis, along with their families as well as officiating funerals for some. "I have a heart for oppressed women and single mothers of the world. I enjoying spending time with family, reading, writing, quiet time, and gospel/inspirational music among other interests. I stand on, Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths,” NKJV."