As parents, I think we are conditioned to think we have to keep our kids busy all the time. We fill our days, making them so jam-packed with tasks, outings and scheduled play dates, that we forget to even give them downtime. Time where they can really be kids, where they can be free.
I think some days we need to put aside what we think is “really important” and focus on those unimportant moments with them. Play together, laugh together, maybe go outside together.
Kids also take on their surroundings, so instead of the playroom, head outdoors and let them appreciate the world’s natural playground. I bet you will be surprised at just how creative and imaginative they can get out there.I love the poem by Walt Whitman titled “There Was a Child Went Forth.” It talks about how every object a child looks at, he becomes…
“There was a child went forth every day;
And the first object he look’d upon, that object he became;
And that object became part of him for the day, or a certain part of the day, or for many years, or stretching cycles of years.
The early lilacs became part of this child,
And grass, and white and red morning-glories, and white and red clover, and the song of the phoebe-bird,
And the Third-month lambs, and the sow’s pink-faint litter, and the mare’s foal, and the cow’s calf,
And the noisy brood of the barn-yard, or by the mire of the pond-side,
And the fish suspending themselves so curiously below there—and the beautiful curious liquid,
And the water-plants with their graceful flat heads—all became part of him…”
We are starting young! A walk outdoors in a beautiful snowy wonderland can do wonders for your soul.