Moms, we’re living in a season of overwhelm.

And adding a heaping side of guilt, while we’re at it.

And it’s not because we’ve got so much extra on our plates.

Actually, for many of us, it’s the opposite.

Our calendars are looking a little too bare.

And we’re missing some of the things that have always made our summers together the best time of year.

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And we wonder how all of this—all of this doing without—is impacting our kids.

Do they feel cheated?

Do they feel worried?

Do they feel loved enough when it feels like we’ve got so much less to give?

And then I hear the answer in a child’s sweet response before bed, telling me our time together was his favorite part of the day.

And I thank God for this gentle reminder it doesn’t take all the things to make our relationship valuable.

It doesn’t take elaborate planning to give our children the very best.

Kids find happiness in the simple things we might take for granted.

Like warm towels right out of the dryer. And mommy taking a few extra minutes to play. Going on a walk first thing in the morning. And eating lunch on a blanket outside. Running through sprinklers in the sunshine. Playing a family game.

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We don’t have to worry ourselves over making our schedules seem so grand, friend.

Sometimes, the best we can give them can be found in the simple things.

So, let’s give ourselves a break and release some of that pressure we can’t help but put on ourselves.

And remember it doesn’t always take much to turn ordinary days like this one into some of our favorite memories.

Let’s get to making more of those precious memories.

Jaclyn Warren

Stay-at-home mommy of four on mission to encourage parents to savor the meaningful in the midst of the messy. Take your 15 minutes; it’s your turn for timeout. You can find her at www.mommys15minutes.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Mommys15Minutes-543229312706302/.