The Most Important 9 Minutes

by Laura Klein

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Did you know that equates to 1440 minutes per day?  The reality of modern parenting means that time is split between so many tasks, and if you're lucky, hopefully some "me" time. 

In the "busyness" of work/life/family/chores/fun, the Mum guilt can creep in so it's comforting to know you don't need to focus on your kids 100 percent of the time, all day, every day.

There are certain times that are more crucial than others, and if you get these moments right, psychologists and paediatricians say you are giving your child's emotional health, connection and resilience a major boost.

Here are the 9 most important minutes in your day, no matter if you have a toddler, preschooler, primary age kids or teenagers.

- The first 3 minutes when they wake up

- The 3 minutes when they come home from kindy/school

- The 3 minutes before they go to bed. 

They want your cuddles, kisses, eye contact and FULL attention. 

In our house, I put down my laptop or phone, stop washing the dishes and give them all of me. In the morning, we often share a cup of green tea on the shady deck before the school rush begins. Afternoon tea at the kitchen island bench is all about re-connecting after we've all had a busy day, and sitting on their bed for 3 minutes for their final thoughts of the day is a moment I treasure. With a husband who works away, and 3 kids, it takes time, but I'm filling up everyone's emotional bank account. It feels great. And our household is a much happier place.

Life is busy, but we can all find 9 minutes in every day. 

It’s important to remember that a great parent makes the most of the little moments.

Laura x

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