Sunday, October 26, 2014

How You See It Matters

"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper."
-W.B. Yeats

We project a lot onto our children about how we perceive things in this world; the way we behave, the way something tastes, how things feel to us, what is or isn't beautiful, scary, or fun.

We unintentionally cloud their view of things sometimes before they have a chance to focus and make a decision for themselves about it.

Teaching children about the world is not always black and white.  When they encounter something new, taking a step back and observing them taking it in will tell you a lot about what they see.

You may be surprised at how children will react...

What you see is neither right nor wrong, but how you see these things matters because it's what you are encouraging them to see.  

Are your kids aware of your perceptions?

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Building A World

Every now and then I am tempted to buy one of those "cool" play sets with the bright colors, the moving parts, the loud sound effects, and the large amount of floor space they take up.  My boys love to try them out in the aisle of the toy store; turning cranks, spinning wheels, and making battery operated noises that repeat over and over.

Then I remember why I don't buy them...

I don't buy them because there is an alien waiting to go down a slide into an unknown land on the back porch.

I don't buy them because there is a catapult sitting on a castle wall filled with Lego bricks, waiting to be launched into a box in the play room.

I don't buy them because the tallest bed that can turn into a house for baby animals is being built on the table.

I don't buy them because there is a tree house haunted by ghosts near one of our windows.

I don't buy them because we can create our own play scenes from our imagination.
We can change them,
add onto them,
knock them down,
start them over,
make them better,
make them different,
make them our own.

My boys are building a world they see through their eyes,
a world they are trying to make sense of,
a world they are trying to understand,
a world they are learning from.

What kind of worlds do your children love to build and create?

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Summer of Nostalgia

It has been another summer of big changes for us due to our move to a new military base.  We have adapted to our transient lifestyle, but that doesn't mean it still isn't tough for us.  During times of change my husband and I get all nostalgic and tend to reminisce about the past, which leads to reliving those past moments.

Simple moments in our favorite places that my husband and I loved when we were kids.

Leisurely bike rides
Trips to the fair

Cotton Candy as big as your head!
Roasting marshmallows
Camping in the woods
Fishing for anything we can catch
Rides on Grandpa's tractor
Boat Rides on the river
Swimming in the lake

Digging up clams
Catching water balloons
Ending our days with ice cream

We've been calling it The Summer of Nostalgia.  It hasn't been anything extravagant or costly.  Just spending time with our favorite people, and visiting with friends and family we haven't seen in a long time.

These shared moments are memories that I hope will create nostalgia for our kids.  These are great times for bonding, because you are doing something you love while you're with the ones you love.  It's these simple things that help slow us down and keep us grounded in a not so simple life!

What nostalgic things do you do with your kids?

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