Are you cherishing the moments?

So how did that happen?

Our little girl, the one who I’m sure was only born a few months back, is at a high school orientation day today. She’s graduating primary school and moving into year 8 next year.

Emily has grown into a beautiful, clever, intelligent young woman. It seems like just yesterday we were enrolling her in kindergarten and now she’s entering secondary school.

I’m glad that so many friends told us that the years go past way too quickly and that we should cherish the early years with our kids. I’m even happier that I took notice.

Both of our children have provided us with so many incredible memories and special moments and I know that there are plenty more to come. Our children are still quite young, Emily’s 12 and James is 10, so we have many years of growing up on the way.

Maybe it’s time for me to pass on the same advice that we’ve been given. If you have very young children or are about to become a parent, make sure you make time for your kids. Don’t imagine that working every hour that God gives to provide for them will give them a good head start in life. Give them you.

Put up with the smaller house, an older car and less flashy gadgets if you have to but give your children your time. Quality time is a myth. The quality only comes from quantity time. Build the relationships now and they’ll last a lifetime. Neglect the relationship now and you may never get the opportunity again.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • Thanks Dave. It always saddens me when I hear of parents who have learnt that lesson too late.

    We’re a long way from being perfect parents but keeping a close relationship with our kids covers a multitude of sins. 🙂

  • Wayne, I read your blog post about the incident and it was a great reminder of how fragile life is and how important it is to spend whatever time we can with those we love.

  • Couldn’t agree with you more Rodney. I nearly lost my three year old daughter this week when she choked on a peice of apple so this post really hit home to me. Hope you continue to enjoy the years ahead with your family.

  • Great advice. Most people know it; but it’s good to remind us/them of it, often. What quickly comes to my mind is when my son was a junior in high school and I missed at least half of his football games (which were during afternoons after school – junior varsity) because I was at my job. I told myself that the next year I would make his games. But… things changed and he did not play football the next year, and so I missed out. DO IT NOW!

    Thanks, Rodney. Every time I stop by here, I wonder why I’ve not been by more often. 🙂

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