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It’s been a little quiet here the past few months, and there’s a very good reason. In 7 weeks, life as we know it will change forever. We’ve have had 33 weeks to prepare for the change, but it’s the kind of change that no one can ever be truly ready for. If you haven’t figured it out, 7 weeks + 33 weeks = 40 weeks, the time it take for a baby to be born! In mid June, we’ll finally get to meet our little man face to face. We are so excited!
Today I will be kind to KidFish.
Today I will be gentle with KidFish.
Today I will express my love for KidFish.
Today I will laugh with KidFish.
Today I will dance with KidFish.
Today I will speak the truth in love to KidFish.
Today I will encourage KidFish.
Today I will be gracious to KidFish.
For I know that how I treat KidFish today affects how KidFish will treat me (and others) tomorrow.
Kids are people too. They have thoughts, feelings, desires and dreams…just like we do. They experience love, fear and rejection…just like we do.
We do them a disservice when we treat them like they’re not people, like they’re completely different than us. Sometimes we dismiss kids or talk about them like they don’t understand, but the reality is that kids are just like us (only smaller), and they understand more than we think.
In our home, we love reading and telling stories. These are a few of the books we’re enjoying this week.
1. Snow by Roy McKie & P.D. Eastman
This book is a cute way to introduce a child to snow (which is very rare in the San Francisco Bay Area). From snowball fights and skiing to fort building and snowman making. It’s perfect for enjoying with a cup of hot cocoa or while wrapped up in a warm blanket.
2. Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail by Herman Parish
Amelia Bedelia and her school friends discover more than they expect to, in this funny story about the great (and not so great) outdoors.
3. Claude at the Circus by Alex T. Smith
Claude and Sir Bobblysock’s adventures continue in the second title in this adorable series. When Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes leave for the day, our two heroes take a walk in the park. They get caught up among a group of joggers, have an ice cream, and take a nap in the flowerbed. But when a woman calls for help, they find themselves rescuing a runaway baby buggy with the baby still inside! After their daring success, they are invited by The Amazing Alan to come see his circus. When the performers struggle with their acts, Claude and Sir Bobblysock must save the show.
4. Nothing by John Agee
Otis has an antique shop crammed to the gills with stuff. So he’s delighted when someone comes in and buys it all. Next day, Suzie Gump arrives, the shop is empty, full of nothing, and Suzy loves it-and takes it all. Suzie has set a trend, and soon everybody is craving nothing-the stores are full of it. It’s only when there’s not even a towel for drying off after a bath that Suzie realizes she may have gone a bit too far.
Telling a crying child to “stop crying” only makes him/her cry more. Yelling it out of frustration or anger is even worse. (I know. I’ve tried.)
This works: gentleness, compassion and understanding. Hugs work. Prayer works. Acknowledging the pain works. Listening works. Fresh air works.
I’ll remember this the next time I need to comfort a crying child.
The easiest way to organize kid toys…is to give them away.
Kids don’t exercise…they play.
They run. They jump. They climb. They crawl.
KidFish spends the day trying to move as much as possible. I, on the other hand, spend the day trying to move as little as possible. I like sitting, resting, reading and surfing…the internet, that is.
What if I looked at exercise the way KidFish does?
What if it wasn’t something I did 30 minutes a day for 3-4 times a week, but something I did all day, everyday?
What if I didn’t worry so much about exercising and just started playing?
I bet I’d be a lot healthier and happier.