What kids want

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I've come to the realization the past few months that my kids don't want new toys, clothes, treats, movies, or shopping.

They want me to sit with them, hold them, talk to them, spend time with them. It doesn't matter much what we do, whether we snuggle up together on the couch to read a book or take a walk to the park or just sit down on the floor to play.

My kids want me.


  1. Very true. Thanks for sharing.

  2. It is true, and as much as I also love it, it's a really hard truth. It's not that I don't want to give him all of the attention he wants, but sometimes (like today) I am sick, exhausted, pulled in a million directions, or would just like to pee/shower in solitude. Then, and only then, I really wish a new toy would be enough.

    Sorry for the rant. I'm sick today, and it affects my filters...

  3. Thanks for the reminder. I don't know why I forget this so easily.

  4. So true. It is the things in life that are free that mean most to children. My kids have very few toys, although they still have a love for stuffed animals. I learned that early on. For holidays I try and buy useful items, crafting stuff and stay clear of all the trendy toys. In the summer we do some yard sailing and the kids do get toys with their money.

  5. This is so poignant and so true Mrs M - and you always seem to have so many fantastic ways of spending real quality time with Red Chief. Amelie always lets me know when she's being short-changed, she just siddles up beside me when I'm doing the washing-up, or something else (which can wait) and locks her arms around my legs in a hug as if to say 'Come and see me.' Thanks for sharing this, Fiona x