We are often told to be present in our child's life, that time goes quickly and you will miss those moments.
It is hard being present all the time. I always want to be doing something actively with my hands. So I usually read or watch Tv and am online. My little one is only 2 and I feel like kindergarden is so far off I don't always take advantage of the time I have with her.
I recently discovered a way to be more present and oddly enough it includes books. I think of life as a story coming straight from a book. I have experimented with thinking that way when I want to be present. I narrate all that is going on in my mind and think of what would make the story better. It sounds bizarre but that is how I think. It probably comes from reading to many books. :)
Have you ever had time with your spouse after work or on the weekend and you find yourself once again on your computers all but ignoring your other half? I have.
We care so much for the person we married but we don't always give them the time that is needed to make a wonderful relationship.
I applied this same idea to time with my husband and I must say it makes a huge difference. Sometimes I read stories about a couple sharing dinner and helping clean up. They are usually so willing to give to the person they are with. And by narrating our own story I put myself out there to do something nice for my better half and it changes the whole experience. I become in grossed in our story.
Give it a try.
PS. Just a little about me. I actually used the story of when we meet for an essay I had to do in college.