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Mother to Son

This poem provides a powerful insight of the lives of busy mothers, and asks whether they should reassess their priorities.

My hands were busy through the day
I didn't have much time for you
I'd wash your clothes,
I'd sew and cook,
But when you'd bring your picture book and asked me please to share your fun,
I'd say, "A little later son."
I'd tuck you in all safe at night,
Turn out the light,
Then tip toe softly to the door,
I'd wish I stayed a minute more.
For life is short the years rush past,
A little boy grows up so fast,
No longer is he at your side,
His precious secrets to confide.
The picture books have gone away,
There are no longer games to play,
No goodnight kisses, no prayers to hear,
That all belongs to yester years.
My hands once busy are now still,
The days long and hard to fill,
I wish I could go back and do
The little things you asked me to.

        -- Author unknown, contributed by Sree

As Sree says, your work will wait while you take time out and show your child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait until you finish your work.

How much do you devote to your children? Often, even stay at home mothers are constantly running around trying to complete chores, and the time they actually sit down and spend with their children, talking or playing with them, is minimal. Think about it. How often has your child wanted to play a board game with you, and how often have you turned him down because you were too busy or otherwise occupied. Remember, the world will not come to an end if you complete your chores a little later, but you may miss out on some important times with your child - which will never return.

Of course, you cannot spend all your time playing with your children, but do make it a point to take time out to spend some with them - focusing on their needs and doing what they want. Try and make a routine out of it. Keep aside one night in a week for spending time playing or talking with your family, at home. Don't get distracted by phone calls or by the television - just focus on your children.

Keep aside another night, once a week, to go somewhere together as a family. You could perhaps go for dinner, for bowling, or for a movie. If you don't go for regular family outings from now, then don't expect them to suddenly start accompanying you every where when they are older and already plan all their activities around their friends.

Invite your children's friends over often. Yes, your grocery bills may go up, but you will get an opportunity to know who your child is hanging out with. This gets more important when your child is in his teens. In addition, the more you meet your child's friends, the more your child will involve you in his life with them.

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Pooja.4 years ago
I love u mumma... I miss ualot...I know u cnt cum back...but at tis stage of life whr im standing now wit my kid n struggling every second for him... I can undstd wat u must hav gone through.... I love u mumma .... I need ur blessing n my son too.... miss u alot noone in tis world or n any other world can take ur place..... miss u alot mumma....
Nithya.4 years ago
really beautiful poem with reality
Sujatha.8 years ago
a nice article which makes me to realise that i don't spend time with my kids. i concentrate more on my daily routine rather than playing with them. it is an eye opener for moms like me.
samantha.8 years ago
very very true...i realise this sometimes..especially when u have only one kid at home and she doesn't have anybody else to play with..i miss all the time i wanted to spend with my mother but she was always busy..
Meena.8 years ago
what a beautiful poem! yes, we do tend to spend less time with our kids and give household chores more importance. i'll try and change that for myself.
rashmi.8 years ago
ture,its so simple and real .we should give some time for our kids from our daily routine .
Hetal.8 years ago
i couldn't agree more with you.the poem is beautiful and so much realistic.when my kids are around i wish that they go somewhere so that i can finish my work.but the moment i send them somewhere i start missing them.....
hi.8 years ago
yes very true. i also know it is very important to spend more time with our kids. but often try to avoid them because of the works pending or sometimes terribly wants some rest. but sure i'll try and change that for myself.
its a really beatiful poem a ral eye opener for busy moms like me.
sneha.8 years ago
really nice thing to post. now i will try to compensate in some way orthe other. you are right that we are so absorbed with our household jobs that we snub the children sometime
Indrani.8 years ago
indeed a realistic and an eye opener poem.even though i feel that i am not giving or spending much of my time to my kid but after reading this poem i have determined myself that from today onwards i would rather be a good ma than any other .....

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