I remember ‘playing out’ as a child. My days were spent climbing trees, playing curbsys and making daisy chains. Children these days spend too much time shut away in their rooms that I am determined to encourage them to be active and outdoorsy. Outdoor play is so important to me because I want them to have the same memories I remember growing up!
I’d like to think I give Little the independence to explore freely, create opportunities for her to be outdoors and encourage her to always try even when she says she can’t. I remember the timid little girl who didn’t even like the swings at parks. Now she’s using climbing frames, running ahead and scooting around! Her confidence really shines.
Despite giving her freedom, I am that Mum who constantly finds herself saying “slow down”. Whilst I have confidence in her abilities I know how clumsy she can be. Usually when she falls down her face takes the hit. I cannot tell you the amount of fat lips she’s had in her 3 years of life!
Part of growing up is of course falling down. So our job as parents is to turn their tears into smiles.
We have this little thing we do as a family and something I did even before having my own children. If Little grazes her knee we ask her if it needs chopping off! This usually stops her from crying enough to clean her up. We then go and tell the concrete (or whatever it was that hurt her) off which is 99% sure to make her giggle!
As she gets older I’m going to bring out the ‘magic cream’. It was something my Nana always did for us! I think it was only Savlon or something like that – but it worked for us. It magiced all the pain away.
Then failing that her choice of frozen plaster will get a little smile from her! It means she can highlight and show off her ‘hurt’!