While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
I have been re-writing this post about a million times now and I feel I still can’t get it right.
Emily is four now, and that brilliant confidence that comes with that is slowly but surely driving me mad.
Every single one of our home rules is being stretched, every question I answer is answered with an “Actually, you are wrong, Mama“.
But we are working on that, or through that.
Today we had a bit of a girls day, just Emily and me , we took a bubble bath, used nice smelling shampoo, painted our nails with a tiny paintbrush & olive oil to make them shiny & played with pretend make-up.
We also made friendship bracelets out of cornstarch beads from Ghana that Aunt Katrin gave to Emily last year.
We have all been learning a whole lot about patience and letting things go and about the importance of taking off your shoes and running through the wet grass.
We don’t really argue around here, and I like that.
When we get stressed or angry we usually just put on some music and have a family silly dance party. (The Shrek soundtrack is great for that.)
Another thing we do is just put on our shoes & go outside.
Recently we have been practising magic spells, it’s so much fun to make up silly words and shout them at the top of your voice, no matter what the neighbours think.
I love how serious Emily gets about it. She is determined to get it to work.
George loves the garden,too.
He is so beautiful in so many ways, he is such a gentle little boy, and I love how he just does what is right for him. When he wants an apple he doesn’t ask for it, he just walks over to the apple tree and picks one.
He just does his thing. I love that.
I know people always say that we need to teach our children what’s right and what’s wrong, but I think it’s probably the other way around. While I can teach that it’s probably not a brilliant idea to put chocolate buttons up your nose, my children have taught me things that are so much more useful, they have taught me to dance when I feel like dancing, to be silly, to laugh out loud, to jump in puddles, to spread glitter-glue around with my fingers, to sing the “Opa Uwe’s Hoover” song even though we are the only ones who know it, and to say “Hi Bernhard” to every single cow we meet, and to simply enjoy life.
Quite honestly, I believe that is a much more important lesson than not putting chocolate up your nose.
Wishing you a lovely day full of silly songs and chocolate buttons.