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The Gift of an Ordinary Day

Silly giggles, 3am feeds, bedtime cuddles, wiped tears and heart to hearts. These are the moments you’ll treasure when your little one is all grown up.

I reckon that if anyone ever does invent a time machine, it’ll be a mum.

After all, wouldn’t you give everything you own to have one last snuggle with your little one, while they still think you’re the most amazing person they know?

A new University of NSW study has found that parents are spending an average of 4 hours a week less with their kids than a generation ago. But the time parents do spend with their kids is more focussed, like reading, playing and helping them learn – ‘intensive parenting.’

Author, Katrina Kenison, in her book ‘The Gift of the Ordinary Day’ talks about the fact that kids don’t need intense, spectacular or extraordinary. In fact, quite the opposite.

Kids treasure the time you spend with them, whether they’re the focus or not. Don’t add to the stress of life by thinking you have to be ‘all on, all the time’ with your kids.

Amongst all the dirty nappies, tantrums, mud and mess, it’s easy to forget these are the days you will treasure most.

Don’t forget to cherish the gift of an ordinary day.

‘It has taken a while, but I certainly do know it now – the most wonderful gift I had, the gift I learned to cherish above all else, was the gift of all those perfectly ordinary days.’ – Katrina Kenison (The gift of an ordinary day)