“Enjoy your kids, they’ll be grown before you know it,” has got to be the most repeated advice given to moms with young children. I can hardly walk into a store without a sweet grandma pausing to smile at the kids and remind me, “They grow up so fast!”
I believe it.
Each child added to the family seems to make the “play” speed of life a little faster. The time between Christmases feels shorter.
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Recently I was talking with my mother-in-law and she repeated the sage advice but added, “Make sure you take time to look into their eyes.”
Eyes are the “window of the soul” and “the light of the body.” (Matt. 6:22) Of course I look into my children’s eyes! I love them. But I’ve been consciously stopping to do so more.
- When I look into my infant’s eyes, her whole face lights up like I’d handed her the moon with a few stars thrown in.
- When I gaze into my toddler’s eyes and smile, I don’t need to add “I love you.” He knows it and wraps his arms around me.
- When I look into my preschooler’s eyes, life’s little vexations seem little again.
Gazing into a child’s eyes is like pushing the pause button on the fast march of time. They grow up so quickly. Push the pause button often and gaze into their eyes.