A couple of weeks ago my wife and I bought our daughter a brand-new Toyota FJ Cruiser Power Wheels with a two-speed transmission, two-wheel drive, decals of the latest Disney “royalties”, shiney wheels, with a top-speed of 5 mph and some mpg’s that blows my truck out the water. Of course it runs on an electric battery that may not even make a mile, but still. And to top it off we only paid half price because the store had to make room for next year’s floor model.
When we finally got everything together and ready to go she was thrilled and ready to hit the road 10 feet at a time. She still doesn’t have the whole “steering-thing” down yet, but thankfully, for the community’s sake and our own, she still has several more years to master that part. But out in here in the country with our wide open spaces there was no traffic jam to get in her way.
Yesterday we were outside playing with her new set of wheels when all of a sudden she spotted her wagon. So she hit the brakes hopped out of the ole’ Toyota and hopped into the ole’ lug and said, “Come on, daddy” and you know what that means. For the next 20 minutes I spent my time pulling her around in a old-fashioned one speed transmission, no-wheel drive, no decal covered hood or door, plain-Jane wheeled wagon with a top speed of however fast I walk…but that’s she wanted.
The ole’ power heels beat out the ole’ power wheels because my daughter, like most little kids, is more interested in her dad than her stuff. All the bells and whistles made way for the rumbling of wheels in the gravel and little tracks in the grass.
It saddens me because there are so many children who have everything they could ever want but they don’t have everything that they will ever need because they have parents who never make time for them. And I understand that some parents have to focus on quality time more so than on quantity of time because of circumstances out of their control; but the reality is that many children in the American culture have parents who are more willing to try to buy the love of their child than they are spending their time with them to express their love in action.
Parents, love your children with your time, for the time you spend on them will bring a greater return than any financial investment you make in their life. At least that’s my perspective as someone who used to be a kid.
I would say more but my daughter is hollering for me and I took the day off so I could spend some time with my family.
“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4 – NKJV)