When the kids are on their summer holidays for six weeks, parents often feel pressured to fill the time with expensive days out and trips abroad. With the desire to inspire, entertain and educate our children, we all too often look for costly days out in the search for a memorable time. What we often forget is that children are exposed to new experiences on a daily basis and that is so thrilling and exciting for them. What might seem entirely ordinary to a grown-up, will be a total delight to a child and that is why I was so struck by this poem written by Donna Ashworth. It is a wonderful reminder of the importance of the ordinary. That as parents, we are responsible for teaching our children such an array of wonderful things, simple ordinary things. I just had to share it with you:
The Importance of the Ordinary
Teach them to love the feel of a hug.
Teach them to spot the sadness of a friend.
Teach them to understand the power of a thank you and a please.
Teach them how wonderful sand and grass feel on bare feet and how magical getting soaked in a rainstorm can be.
Teach them the importance of respect for their elders.
Teach them the strength in silence.
Teach them the healing wonder of laughter.
Teach them why a sunset and a sunrise are life-affirming moments in every day.
Teach them to understand the doors opened by a smile.
Teach them above all to be kind.
Teach them to value other’s opinions and walk in their shoes to best understand differences.
Teach them to understand how helping others can heal yourself.
Teach them that love is the answer, always the answer.
Teach them to watch and listen before they react.
Teach them to dream and to believe that dreams come true.
Teach them to spot their fears and anxieties before they become overwhelming.
Teach them how powerful breathing can be.
Teach them to be humble but to know they are enough, always enough.
Teach them to try, fail and win.
Teach them to give up sometimes, letting go is a skill.
Teach them to to be gracious when others behave with spite and pettiness.
Teach them to always want to find out more about themselves.
Teach them to be bold when injustice is done.
Teach them to be fair when they have the upper hand.
Teach them the worth of all humans regardless of any position.
Teach them to understand the big picture of our planet.
Teach them to seek the stories of life from those who’ve lived longer.
Teach them to travel and expand their knowledge by learning from others.
Teach them to be open but to only offer trust to those who have earned it.
Teach them to give their heart with abandon but teach them also how to love themselves enough for two.
Teach them to sit with fear in their heart sometimes, it’s there to protect the us, not to stop us.
Teach them to say yes, to live in the moment and to go for it, whatever it is.
Teach them that regardless, they will always have a space in your heart to call home.
Teach them to leave and teach them to return.
Teach them to see the good and teach them also to sense the bad.
Teach them to be still sometimes and to sit with their own thoughts.
Teach them to express themselves however they feel they need to.
Teach them to love their own quirks, shortcomings and talents.
Teach them to feel and to hurt and to heal.
Teach them the beauty in a flower, the wonder of a view and the wisdom of the tides.
Teach them something every minute of every day.
Nothing is too ordinary.
It is a lovely reminder that it is ok to be still sometimes, to get lost in our thoughts. We don’t have to fill our lives with activity. Silence is golden. But my favourite lesson, to teach my children that love is the answer, always the answer. Happy Holidays All! x