Sometimes, we worry about creating the perfect day and the perfect memory.
We plan elaborate parties, vacations, and sleepovers. We spend too much money and create too much stress in the pursuit of perfection.
We buy toys and schedule outings and play dates. But really, all our kids need is a pile of sticks and some fresh air.
We shuffle to baseball and dance, here and there and everywhere in pursuit of making our kids happy. And while those things can be important, our kids also need down time to imagine what can be instead of what is scheduled. Imagination is born out of boredom.
We do so much in an effort to create the perfect childhood for our children, but all they want is the freedom to explore. In their eyes, time and exploration are the only two things they need for a perfect day.
It’s the simplest moments that create the best memories–searching for frogs, blowing bubbles, or running with wild abandon through the yard.
So this holiday weekend, take the pressure off for the perfect trip or party and simply make time for the beauty of the everyday. Your kids will remember and thank you for it.
Thanks for Mothering the Divide with me and for seeing the beauty in the simplest things. I’m returning to the simple life. Join me.