Posted by: Terri Johnston Fraracci | July 23, 2010

Creating the gift of time: How one mom turns the morning rush into a daily adventure

In front of elementary schools across the nation stress hangs in the air as parents rush to get their children into the classroom before the bell rings; and then rush off to their responsibilities. You hear things like, “Hurry up! You are going to be late.” and “Stop lollygagging. I can’t be late to work again!”. You can feel the angst as children drag their backpacks or walk slowly while parents try to get them moving.

In the middle of all of the craziness is a young mother, her first grader, and her three year old. They might stop to look at a leaf or a rock. They might be playing the three year old’s stop and go game. They are not in a hurry. They actually exude calm, peace, joy, and wonder. They are not rushing, and they are not going to be late.

After a few days of witnessing how this mother and her children actually enjoy getting to school in the morning you find yourself wondering how she does it. Why aren’t they anxiously running like the rest of the crowd? Why are they smiling while other parents and children are scowling? How can they consistently enjoy the time before school while others consistently part with hurried goodbyes and mutual frustration?

The reason that this trio stands out is because mom has created the gift of time. She leaves the house early enough to park a few blocks from the school. There is ample time for exploring, talking, and just enjoying each other’s company. When they arrive at the first grade door, she sends her child into the classroom wrapped in the calm, secure cloak she has lovingly made by allowing her children to be children. She has turned the morning rush into a daily adventure.

One small change sends one small child out into the world minus the sense of urgency adults create and then share with their children. As she leaves the school she still walks slowly and attentively as her three year old explores the world around her; thus continuing to gift her youngest with her wisdom and her ability to see the world through a child’s eyes, and her willingness to move into her children’s world instead of dragging them into the adult world.

Think about it……. What small change could you make today that would benefit your children right now and lay a foundation for a calmer, more joyful life experience?



  1. Thank you for the inspiring post-really something I want and need to work on.


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