All of us, young and old, need time to get in touch with our feelings – catch our breath, review the past, contemplate the present, and make plans for the future. And everyone can benefit from peace and quiet, simply because it’s peaceful and quiet.
Teach your children to appreciate solitude, to derive simple pleasure from a beach walk, a Tecolote Canyon hike, or a good book. As you limit their use of TV, video games, and any device within reach, they’ll stop needing the stimulation of electronic media and learn to rely on their own inner resources.
Teach them about the wonders of nature. Point out the special beauty of a sunset (look for the green flash), or weather of any type. Never pass up an opportunity to let them romp in the rain that will come again, collect seashells, play in the sand, chase butterflies, turn cartwheels on the lawn, or lie under the shade of a tree.
Point out the first poppy blooms in early spring, kites flying over sail bay, horses grazing in the pasture (for our East County folks), or the simple beauty of a clear blue sky at noon.
And give them the opportunity to show you what they observe. You’ll see things you’ve never seen before – a stick shaped like a rocket ship, a wriggling worm under a rock, a cloud formation that looks like Mickey Mouse.
Give your kids the time and encouragement to draw, paint, make music, or take photographs, or simply to sit quietly and day dream so they become comfortable with silence and their own thoughts.
What better gift to give your children than a rich inner life, a strong sense of self-reliance, and an appreciation for the world around them!
Thursday April, 16, 2015
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