Tuesday, 20 March 2012

940 Saturdays!

That's the number of Saturdays that you will have with your child(ren) from the day they are born to the day they turn 18.

At the weekend, I read this article in the NY Times Style section.  Dr Harley Rotbart, author of 'No Regrets Parenting', did the calculation on the number of Saturdays (of whatever other day you choose) and the article talks briefly about this style of parenting advice - not about trying to be over efficient and do everything.  The references and recommendations I've read say the book gives practical advice on making the most of time you have with your children.  Enjoying being a parent and not making it all about 'parenting'.

But it was more the thought provoking number '940' that jumped out at me.   240 of those Saturdays are gone by the time your child turns 5 - how the years fly by.   Without evening reading the book, it really makes you look at your children and wonder where the years have gone.

Our Saturdays usually revolve around Luca's Judo lesson in the middle of the day, but we try to get in a breakfast or lunch outing somewhere, and try to avoid doing too many errands (if possible) and the kiddos always want to visit the park.

How do you spend your Saturdays?

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