Play is truly the KEY to lifelong learning. Check out this post that I wrote several years ago about the power of PLAY…
One summer morning, I sent my little four-year old upstairs to get dressed for our day of errands. I was confident that he could pick out a pair of shorts and a shirt all by himself. We had allowed him to choose his own clothes for some time. A few minutes later, he came downstairs announcing that he was ready to go. He was wearing a pair of shorts, a star wars t-shirt, a batman cape and cowboy boots. My mind began to race, should I tell him that his outfit wasn’t “quite” appropriate for going out? Did I wonder how many stares and silly comments we would endure? Was I tempted to make him swap his boots for flip flops and remove the cape? Yes, to all of the above. However, I also saw how proudly he walked down those stairs. His body language displayed exuberance and confidence. I could #sayyes and encourage his choice or I could force him to change because I felt a little uncomfortable.
What happens when your little one begs to help you in the kitchen, jump in that mud puddle or paint the sunrise? What do you say when outfits don’t match and costumes are chosen to be worn to the store? Are there times when we must say “no” because we are headed to church and not to the store? Are there times when we can’t pull out the shaving cream and paint because it is bedtime? Of course, but these should be the exception. Don’t miss the precious opportunity to #sayyes to your children. Allow them to be individuals, take risks, discover. People hear “no” at every turn. What would happen if your little one grew up hearing things like, “Yes, you may see what happens when you add water. Yes, we can take a walk today. Yes, we can stop and see the chickens.” Saying “yes” often involves spending a little extra time, but in the future this decision will yield great rewards.
Find ways to #sayyes to your children today.
Kathy and Lesli