I was lying in bed yesterday morning, feeling sorry for myself as I have had the most ferocious bout of sinusitis. The sun was trying to break through the clouds, it seemed being under the duvet was a good place to be. But it was not long before sounds outside made me curious to get out of bed.
Our home over looks a large neighbourhood park with beautiful big trees and not far from our gate are a seesaw, a jungle gym and a round-a-bout. The shouts of laughter and joy as youngsters played across from our home filled the air. It was truly refreshing to be lifted from thoughts about my aching body to lighter things of sunshine after the storm and youthful lightness of being. Older siblings were looking after preschoolers – about nine children in total enjoying freedom and fun with each other!
I remember when my children were small, one of our regular jaunts was for my older girls to jump on their bikes and the twins on their black motorbikes and speed down a couple of blocks to the local park with swings and slides and enjoy a picnic tea or an iced lolly as they braved the 10 meter slide – the sheer thrill of wooshing down, the seesaw and the high swings – these big steel structures that will last generations of children playing!
Oh the freedom to just play! To explore! To use their imagination and create toys and games from nothing! To find a new playmate at the park who they could just engage with for the moment that they shared. To just “BE”!
My invitation to you this Spring, is to have a fresh look at your thoughts and fears about how and what you let your children discover and explore. Do you need everything to be in its perfect place all the time or can you let go and let your little boy or girl discover for themselves…?
Some things are important for us to do for our children: loving, nurturing, feeding, and creating a safe environment for them to know as home and family. But there are some things we cannot do for our children, we need to just stand alongside and encourage; they practice and explore and build muscle to master a new skill which is the foundation of the next learning phase! Whether physical, intellectual, emotional or social, we are building the fabric of society, of the next generation, by how we parent in these foundational years.
As we spring into summer – how can you support your child’s innate learning, your child’s next step that she or he needs and desires to take?
Let go and let live – let that be your motto as we Spring into Summer!