The truth is, as much as it’s your heart's desire, it's not always easy to prioritize your family first – especially when it comes to rushing for urgent work deadlines, being out over the weekends to facilitate work events, or spending a lot of time traveling overseas because of your regional portfolio. Prioritizing family over other commitments would naturally mean allocating more time to spend with your family members. But it doesn't necessarily mean that being unable to spend extended periods of time with your family translates to loving them less.
There will be hard decisions to make when you head back to the workplace. It could be turning down certain appointments so that you can spend time with your family. It's also not easy to have to sacrifice family time in place of work. Either way, you will have to bear the consequences. Most importantly, you need to be comfortable and at peace with yourself after the decisions have been made.
What matters most is that you make every minute with them count. Give them your complete attention by setting aside your gadgets. Let them know that you look forward to time with them and absolutely enjoy their company. Play, read, rough them up, laugh and cuddle. It will make a lot of difference in the heart of this little one even if these precious moments only lasted 15 minutes. All these pockets of quality time spent will help to strengthen your bond with your child. Now your baby may not be as interactive yet, but soon enough they will be! Meanwhile, just cuddle them more, shower them with kisses, and make them giggle and coo with your tickles. Sing them a new song each day. They might not be able to tell you they love you yet, but there's no doubt that their heart sure does.
We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19
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