Kids come first


Choose the kids first. Always, always, always.


Source: via Toni on Pinterest


Timmy’s pulling on my arm, directing me to sit on the floor with him. I’m going “Wait, baby! I’ll just finish this report!” He doesn’t take that as an answer and tugs on me more strongly. I press one last button, get up from my desk, then join him on the wooden floor to watch Toy Story. He jumps into my lap and positions himself in a way that I can’t stand and leave him again. I look back and forth at my phone, checking for e-mail and YM alerts from teammates. He’s looking at me with puppy dog eyes. I toss my phone on the couch and snuggle him in my arms. He cracks a smile and snuggles closer. Yep, there’ll be time to work later.


“I can’t stop Andy from growing up… and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” — Woody, Toy Story 2

Wise words, cowboy. Work will always be there in one way or another. How often will I get to sit on the floor with my son and the whole cast of Toy Story in stuffed toy form?


So I sit on the floor while he acts out the scenes on TV. I watch him use his toys to mimic what’s on-screen. We laugh at jokes together. We snuggle when Andy’s Mom comes into the scene. After the movie we continue to play together.

Thoughts of work enter my mind once in awhile but the quote above pushes thoughts of work away. I can work when he’s asleep. I can work when he’s with his aunts and grandparents. While he’s with me though, we play.

You’re first, always, Timmy boy. You will always be first.

Why hello there!

9 Comments on Kids come first

  1. sheng
    June 6, 2012 at 8:00 am (12 years ago)

    i love the quote: When in doubt, choose the kids. I need to choose the kids over work and everything else. Great to be back on bloghopping.
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  2. Erlaine
    June 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm (12 years ago)

    I can really relate to the scenario above. Being a work-at-home mom has its perks and on top of the list is being with our kids anytime they need us. So we got no choice or we choose to make them top priority :) (And secretly wishing they take a nap soon hehe)
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  3. Katie B. of
    June 16, 2012 at 12:55 am (12 years ago)

    Well, I’d left a comment recommending that you wear a gorgeous evening dress and go somewhere fabulous so you have the whole Cinderella experience before the 40ish metabolism makes evening dresses unthinkable.

    But it disappeared. Not sure why. :(
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  4. Toni
    June 21, 2012 at 2:33 am (12 years ago)

    sheng : I should visit your blog soon!

    Truly Rich Mom aka Teachermama Tina: Blessings to you too!

    Mariel @ The Learning Basket : Aaaaaah I love your line! “I don’t want to be fired from my children’s hearts!” I certainly don’t want mine to do that!!!

    Erlaine: You got that right about that secret wish! Applies to bedtime too!!!

    Katie B. of : Hi Katie! I saw your comment about the gown. It’s there! :)

  5. Mec
    June 28, 2012 at 10:58 am (12 years ago)

    I read at a homeschooling FB group one mom say…. at the end of my life, God will not ask how many things I accomplished at work, but how was I as a wife and mother…

    as mothers, it’s raising good kids in love that will be our greatest work, our greatest legacy… and it is an everyday struggle
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  6. truth
    August 24, 2012 at 6:59 am (12 years ago)

    That’s really mature of you. It’s because of cows like you that women can’t get taken seriously in the workforce. Just stay home, play with your toys and and let the adults run the world, ok honey?

  7. Toni
    August 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm (12 years ago)

    Mec: Agree!
    truth: This is my opinion. I understand that you have a different view, but you don’t have to be disrespectful about it.


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