Saturday, October 15, 2011

Colorful Kids

Energetic, goofy, talkative.

I am grateful for colorful kids.  I love it.  Some of the time…

Sometimes I get a bit grumpy and black & white and very “adult”.
I don’t want to spend time playing.
Sometimes I tell them the joke wasn’t that funny.
I ask them to calm down more often than I need to.
Sometimes I cut them off in their story telling, because it is dragging so slowly.

I know I am the grown-up & they need me to be.
But I don’t want to miss seeing things from their perspective.

I want to be able to get down with them & connect through play.
I am choosing to see the beauty in the color & the energy.
I will play more games, ask more questions, laugh at more jokes.
(that sounds kid of fun & stress relieving!)

*I am a slow reader.  But I am still reading & enjoying Playful Parenting. 


Nicola said...

Erin, I with you on that. I have a hard time just stopping all the business of beinging mommy to play with and really listen to them. But with God all things are possible.

Charlotte said...

Oh man, I totally struggle with this. They will be telling me about their dream from the night before and with so many details... and I tell them to condense it.

I remember someone asking, "Have you smiled at your kids today?"


Thanks for this reminder. :-)

Anonymous said...

I struggle with this all the time. When I used to babysit, playing was easy! Now I have such a long to do list it's hard to just stop and be with the kids. I think I need to add playing with the kids to the to do list. I am glad I am not the only one that struggles with this!