I’m not quite sure how it happened, but we are within the initial moments of my children’s 8th and 10th summers. I suppose I should be telling you it makes me feel old….old as in ‘mom years’, but the truth is, I feel FREE.
Free from scheduling their every minute.
Free from worrying they might fall down the stairs.
Free from stressing they are going to argue their summer minutes away.
Free from hearing someone bellow, “Mom….I’m BORED!” (those words are banned in our home)
Free from having to make their breakfasts, plan their snacks and stop work to prepare their lunch at exactly noon.
I’m free because they are older, I’m free because I believe in them, I’m free because my husband and I have empowered the kids to make some decisions on their own this Summer. We are lucky we work from home, so we are here in an emergency, but the small people know we are, in fact, working…this means, they are to use their imaginations, their free will, their smarts and their sense of fun to keep themselves busy.
Sure….we set some guidelines:
TV and electronics are extremely limited – think rainy-day limited. As a member of this family, we do require they ‘help’ around the house. Walking the dog, making their beds, keeping their rooms clean and tidying up after themselves are non-negotiables.
Beyond that – they are required to be creative.
Find something to do outside every single day. Throw on bathing suits, whip out the water guns and soak each other. Pull out the balls, bats or soccer balls and have a game. Go old-school and play tag or hide-and-go-seek. Feel free to get the other kids in the neighborhood involved too.
When you get hungry? Eat. I trust you to know that meals and snacks are both important. Balance your meals with the foods you love and the proteins, fruits and grains that are good for you. I make sure that the fridge is stocked with the fruits you love the most – apples, bananas, grapes and strawberries – and the Horizon snack crackers you love to pair with lunch meat, peanut butter and even eat solo (the chocolate) are handy.
You are old enough to slice fruit, to create a plate that includes great options and ones the two of you can share.
I am confident you will sneak bites as you dish out your plates….but you’d do that even if I was standing over your shoulder watching you.
Also? Sharing is so good for you.
It makes me so proud to believe the two of you can pull this off. Maybe I will have you start making dinner for the family every night too.
Use your imagination. Do something that works your mind. Write a letter to your grandparents. Play a board game. Read a book. You know what? Read a little every day. It is good for you. I can’t wait to hear what you have learned and loved.
Maybe it does make me feel a little old to watch them grow up in front of my eyes after all….no matter how beautiful it is to see. What do you encourage your children to try on their own?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.