One of the things I have been thinking about is how in the college classroom, I crafted intentional learning experiences for my students. Yes, it would’ve been so easy to wing it, but when I did, the learning suffered.
Likewise, as a mom, it is so easy to be reactive, to wing it, and to simply wake up and make it through another day, every day. It’s easy to think that LG will learn the things I want her to learn under my care without intentionally teaching her. It’s easy to live for nap time (or am I the only one?). It’s easy to feel like all I’ve accomplished today is bath time, potty time, and “don’t touch that, it’ll hurt you!” x 100. It’s so easy as a mom to wing it (and I would add that this is actually necessary a good chunk of the time).
It is easy for us, with all of the work we are trying to do regarding attachment and bonding, to neglect other stuff I really want to teach LG that without intentionality probably won’t happen. So to keep myself accountable, I am going to start a series of posts about “what I taught her” today, and I will also write posts regarding “what she taught me.” These won’t happen every day…
So today, I taught LG the joy of running in the pouring rain. And yes, I even told her “Confident girls don’t worry about their hair or clothes when it rains. We laugh and we jump in puddles.” There was lots of giggling. We looked at earthworms. We were covered in mud. She even left Wilbur (the pig) under the safety of the back porch.
Well done, LG. Well done.