I remember when I first received news that my wife and I were going to be new parents. There was of course the swirl of emotions and excitement centered around the new baby that was on the way. And of course, parents and friends gave their advice on all sorts of things from how to change a diaper, how to decorate the baby room, and how to start saving for college. But one of the things that stuck in my mind after hearing it from so many people was this,
“Enjoy this time because they’ll be grown up and gone in the blink of an eye”.
Now when I heard that, initially I was skeptical. I mean, there are seven days in a week, four weeks in a month, twelve months in a year. So there would be hundreds and thousands of hours of contact and bonding time, right? And from what people told me about sleepless nights and diaper changing, I was thinking the faster the better.
And now my son is in middle school and my daughter wants one main thing, a phone!
Where did that time go? The time went as time does for all of us. One minute, one hour, one day, one week, one month, one year at a time. Time management is somewhat of a misnomer because we all have the same amount of time. It’s really about life management and how we utilize the time that we have. It’s so important to realize that and to focus on how that time is spent.
Over the last ten plus years of family life, my son is almost twelve and my daughter is nine, I’ve tried to use my family time well. We’ve done what most parents do, try to be loving and giving, spend family vacations together, and do the small day to day things like taking them to the bus stop or setting up play dates. We’ve tried to take advantage of “teachable moments” and chat times. Those of you who know me also know that I have no problem talking at great lengths. And much to my children’s dismay, I’ve taken great time to speak and educate them. As parents, we are trying to do our best to prepare our children for the world. We want to help them grow up healthier, happier, confident, focused, and more successful as a result.
I remember hearing a quote written by the father of a famous sports player. He was trying to explain that LOVE is not spelled “LOVE” but “TIME”. I think that he was trying to say that the time that is put into a young child’s life is not only crucial for their development but is also one of the most important ways to deepen the love and bond between parent and child. I have a great respect for the parents and families who get their children to our Dojang. There could be many other ways to spend that time. But you see the potential in your child and the possibility for improvement that Tae Kwon Do offers.
Whether you do Tae Kwon Do with your kids in our Family Classes or you’re a strong sideline supporter, being there with your time is the key. Families who focus on this aspect of sharing and giving their time to support their loved ones are truly cementing the brick and mortar foundations of a successful life and family bond.
I absolutely love the potential that Tae Kwon Do has to offer for so many of our young people in the community. There are many ways to develop a happy, healthy, and well balanced child. Thank you so much for choosing the Tae Kwon Do path. My Team of Instructors and I are fully committed to helping you and your children get the most out of our program. I want to say a very sincere “Thank You” to all of our Tae Kwon Do parents who have invested their energy, money, and TIME into our program for their children.
See You Next Class,