Making the best of your time with your kids

By Charla Spalluto Misse, NOLA Catholic Parenting

After work, I was looking forward to playing with my son. When he saw me and enthusiastically asked me to join him, I was just thrilled.

Before we could begin, however, I got a message there was a work issue to be handled from home and would take a good deal of time. I was disappointed, but told him we could play one game before I had to get back to work.

Most parents, employed or not, know that it’s important to set time aside for family. As we set things up for the game, I was thinking about what I needed to do for work and was, frankly, pouting.

My son, chipper as could be, said, “Mom, don’t worry. As soon as we are done playing, I will remind you to do your work. I won’t forget. I won’t forget.”

He saw that I was distracted and distressed. He was calling me to enjoy the moment with him. I was deeply thankful.

Sometimes, although we make time, we don’t make the best of our time.

I am so fortunate, so blessed, that my child ensured I didn’t miss my chance to really be with him that day. I pray that this sweet call to attention reminds me to be more vigilant to make the best of my time with my loved ones.

Charla Spalluto Misse, a native New Orleanian, graduated as valedictorian from Immaculata High School. She earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a master’s of business administration from The College of William and Mary. She is a financial advisor and feels blessed to be near her family and to enjoy the natural beauty and cultural richness of her hometown.

She sits on the board as an officer for the LPO Volunteers and is involved with the Boy Scouts of America. The things that make her happiest are laughing with her husband and their son, baking for her loved ones, exercising in the outdoors, visiting the adoration chapel and picking up her son from school.

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