Kids should feel like they are mighty.
Like the world belongs to them.
Like they can conquer anything….maybe even a fire-breathing dragon.
Kids should be free.
Free to explore.
Free to get dirty.
Free to make mistakes.
Adults (and let’s face it advertising) have created a world where stress easily rules families and in turn our children.
Stress about how clean our house is. Stress about owning the perfect car, house, or clothes. Stress about our landscaping. Stress about sports. Stress about development and grades. Stress about safety from car seats to child molesters. Stress about nutrition from bottles or breastmilk to organic or fast food. Stress about limiting screen time. Stress about prepping your child for the tests. Stress about yelling too much and stress about being to lenient. Stress about working too much and stress about earning too little.
We even stress about stress and how it affects us, our health and our children.
But what if we let it go. Just for a minute, an hour, a day, a week, or maybe eventually a year or forever. Just let go of all of the expectations for ourselves and our children and just let them be.
Let them climb something a little too high. Let them stay out a little too long. Let the dishes sit unwashed or the bathrooms unbleached.Let their homework go unfinished. Let them yell a little too loud and run a little too fast. Let them wrestle. Let them watch television all day. Let them cook you dinner and make a mess. Let them dress themselves in ridiculous clothes and parade down the street. Let them be silly. Let them do nothing at all.
Let your phone go to voicemail and the text messages pile up and just watch them be kings (or queens). Let them feel like they rule the world.
And you just might feel like you do too.