Early last week the girls decided to plan a Friday night slumber
Just the three of them, in our house, on their 3-year-old
They got the thumbs up from us and they immediately jumped to
action. It was like a revelation, the most simple, yet
inspired decision they have ever made.
Without my help the three of them huddled at the table and spent
almost an hour planning the overnight.
When I couldn't locate any of their toothbrushes on Thursday
morning, I realized they had each already packed a bag (which was a
bit confusing since they were just heading three or four feet down
Throughout the day they added activities to the Friday night
agenda, planned a menu, chose a movie, and made decorations for
Skylar's room -pictures of balloons, flowers, and faces…..
We have planned trips to Disney World, musicals, ice shows,
parades, you name it, but this event seemed to garner much more
excitement and anticipation.
I realized how often I fall victim to "telling" my children what
fun is (you'll love it, I did!) and go about making plans
assuming that my ideas are great.
But children tend to have their own thoughts about fun - and a
lot of the time it's simple and inexpensive.
It was a good reminder to stand back - to allow the girls enough
space and time for their own inspired ideas.
Because it's their awesome imagination and creative spirit that
makes fun, fun.
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
See more of Cathy's stories here.
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