The bustle of everyday life keeps most parents busy. Putting aside time for their kids can pose a problem at times; especially uninterrupted quality time. Being a mother of two little ones between the ages of two and five opens a mother's eyes to the desire these children have to have mommy's undivided attention. Simply being in the room is unacceptable, especially when the mother's attention is on some other project: work, hobby, or simply zoning on the television. Children notice these types of things; if parents are merely present or actually focused.
Especially at young ages, children need the quality time; not only do the interactions help assist in the learning process, but help the child feel needed and loved. Neglecting to put aside time can cause little ones to feel unimportant and cause undue emotional distress.
Being attentive and praising a child's accomplishments, even small ones, assists in building character and a sense of self-worth. No parent wants their child to feel unneeded and the timeframe is short where these growing individuals actually desire the attentiveness of their parents to such a high degree. Once the child has grown into a more independent individual, each one will venture out to new adventures, leaving the parents stunned at how quickly their small lovable babies have 'left the nest'.
It is a horrible feeling for a parent that realized precious time watching their children grow was spent balancing the checkbook, clipping coupons, or watching television. Not that these endeavors are not important, but proper time management would allow for these other items to be done when kids are not vying for attention.
Children also learn by example, and experiencing a lack of attentiveness may in turn cause the children to mimic this behavior. It is not merely important to be attentive to other people, but in all situations. There is also a safety concern to consider if people do not remain attentive to their surroundings. In the workplace, attentiveness to detail is a primary concern that assists in gauging employee's performance.
In practicing attentiveness, a parent can teach young people the importance of this quality to their child. Going one step further to teach them about the attribute can help mold them into successful and courteous people. Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss is an excellent book that parents can read with their children that helps teach about the subject. Another way to encourage attentiveness is to ask questions and encourage discussions about its importance.