Why the little moments matter

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When I was four, I inherited my older sisters bike because she had grown out of it. It was a big day for me, as I watched my Mum screw back on the training wheels, long since abandoned by my bike-conquering sibling.

I used to tear around the streets as I gained confidence. I got lucky, with only the occasional scraped knee, which was then bathed in that nasty red murchirochrome. I wore it like a battle scar.

And as my confidence grew, Mum decided that it was time. Time for the training wheels to come off. And time for me to really give that bottle of antiseptic a thorough workout. I was not so good without my safety net.

But Mum was determined to get me riding on my own. Up and down the streets she ran behind me, ready to catch me if I started getting the death wobbles. She showed the patience of a saint, and encouraged me when I wanted to throw the bike down in frustration.

And then, on my fifth birthday, down the end of our cul-de-sac on William Street, North Richmond, I soared! On my own, no training wheels, no mother running behind me. Just my bike and me.

Kids are only kids for what it seems like a milli-second. I am saying that with nearly two teenagers under my belt. You might have a newborn and a toddler, so you might be rolling your eyes right now, but it really goes by so quickly. Those of you with grown up kids will know exactly what I mean!

Bupa recently conducted a survey around this, and it found that 46% of us parents are concerned that we don’t spent enough time with our kids.

And why? Because we are busy.

But in my opinion, and it is backed by some of the research that Bupa has done, that we are so trained to look at the BIG PICTURE that we tend to ignore the little moments that matter.

It mattered to me that my Mum wanted me to learn to ride a bike. It mattered to me that she told me a story “without a book” every night and it mattered to me that when she was able, she would walk us up to school, chattering all the way.

The word MATTER is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary, amongst many other things, as IMPORTANT. It is the little connections that can be made in the minutes between getting “stuff” done that are super IMPORTANT.

It can make children confident that their voices are heard, and builds a great base for those very important bonds, particularly as they grow and they start seeing the world a little differently. It helps them to know that you have their back.

When our boys were younger, Mr. Woog took on the task of teaching the kids how to ride a bike, for you see he possesses a certain co-ordination that I lack. I would watch him patiently and seemingly endlessly run behind the bike, holding the seat until he felt he could let go a little. And slowly, but surely it worked. 

To help you make the most of the little moments with your family, the team at Bupa have released a Family Challenge. There’s lots of great tips, and even some prizes to be won.

Head on over to Bupa, where you can register your family for the Little Moments Matter Family Challenge, and learn how you can make the most of those minutes in between. There are great tips and prizes to be one. Please click HERE.

When you were a kid, what mattered most to you?