In the midst of this busy holiday season, I just want to encourage and challenge you with this quote:
Live in the moment. ... “[In the context of parenting,] not being in the moment is when you are watching the clock, worrying about other things you must do, or feeling bored with children’s games. Being in the moment is choosing to truly connect and enjoy your child - even if it’s only for ten minutes - watching her mouth form words as she speaks, watching her hands as she expresses her ideas, enjoying the enthusiasm of her imagination, listening to her ideas, absorbing what she believes, and cherishing the little person that she is” (p. 37).
Source: Pantley, E. (2007). The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior Without Whining, Tantrums, and Tears. New York: McGraw-Hill.