My husband and I were having a slightly heated debate the other day in the car about coronavirus when out of nowhere a small slightly sad-sounding voice piped up from the back of the car, “I wish Covid would go away.” My four year-old son’s voice stopped me in my flow and reminded me that with so much anxiety around, it’s near impossible for our children to avoid absorbing some of the world’s worry right now.
For me and for them, Nature has been our greatest antidote. We get out as far into the middle of nowhere as we can go where we climb, run, play, sing, kick, forage and feel free. It’s more important than ever that my children have a strong love for and trust in Nature so I thought I’d share a list of our go to books to help us explore and remember that the world we live in is truly a beautiful, diverse and good one.
When I came up with the hashtag #zeroplansday on Instagram a few years ago, it was in the midst of our busy, frenetic, plan-packed lives; an antidote to the stress and expectation that is so often the bi-product of alll the arrangements; a gentle suggestion to slow down and stop running (& rushing our kids) from place to place.
It is blowing my mind how fast you three are changing right now. From the shape of your bottom Sonny (yes, a mother knows *everything* about her children, does she not?!) to the specific noises you make Abey to Jack, the beautiful evolvement of your language, I feel like I’ll blink and you’ll be tussling (in deep voices) over who gets to use the bathroom first and asking each other for dating advice. For those of you who are long term readers of the blog, you’ll know the format of these recaps; sporadic and totally from the heart brain dumps of my babes every 6 months or so. So here goes:
“How did you sleep?”, “Did he sleep through?”, “That was the weirdest dream!”, “I need to go to sleep earlier tonight!”. If you’re anything like me, discussing sleep – or lack of – to your partner, child, parent or friend takes up a bunch of your day. Sleep is a big, big deal folks, is it not?!