I’ve heard myself say it way too many times to my girls…”Come on, hurry up!”. However the blessing with children is that they persist in teaching you important lessons. I’d like to share these photos which are a perfect example of lots of lessons my toddler is teaching me. A big one is to simply slow down. Taking a walk between our house and daycare takes me less than 10 minutes when I’m on my own. With my girls, it can be a 20-30 minute walk, and here are some wonderful reasons why:
1. Stopping to pick flowers on the way.
What a magical thing to hear, my daughter’s delight as she exclaimed “mama, lots and lots of flowers!” as she scoops down to capture a couple.
2. Taking time to share
Handing flowers to mama along the way, makes me feel so special to have these bestowed upon me with such sincerity!
3. Exercise is important
Don’t you love how children want to run…just because they can! They also insist I run with them which my very unfit body protests at, but exercise is so important and I love how naturally it comes to children.
4. Go out of your way to have some fun
Though she has to take a short detour to get there, she is always quite happy to go a bit out of her way to have fun swinging on this bar. (Don’t you love the crazy hair!)
5. Make the most of wide open spaces
This is one part of our walk where I’m not concerned about traffic, so both girls love the freedom to just run ahead of me across the wide open space.
6. Surprises are fun (even when you expect them!)
After papa did it once on a walk, the girls just love to hide here then jump out and go RAAAAAA to “surprise” me.
7. Children love routine
If I ever was a skeptic about the value of routine in a child’s life, this regular walk has taught me that children need it, and love to create their own routine. Most of these parts of our walk happen without fail each time, all led by the girls themselves, including balancing along this plank someone has across their driveway. She holds out her little hand every time we approach it, and if i ever try to change the routine (such as suggesting she hold her sisters hand or go around the plank), she’s just not happy!
8. Doesn’t matter what you look like!
Speaks for itself really! None of this worrying about what your hair or clothes look like before you leave the house…oh and her best friend, Elf, is always by her side.
9. Nature produces the most awesome things
Girls are just fascinated by the gumnuts on the ground (and I think they’re pretty cool too!)
10. Home sweet home
No matter how much fun you have out exploring the world, it’s always nice to make it home safe and sound.
So there are 10 wonderful lessons I’ve learnt from my toddler on our walks. What has your toddler or child taught you lately?