There is a playground right across from our condo and the boys have played on it everyday. We have just let them go on their own and check in on them every few minutes. I have been challenged by the book Free Range Kids written by Lenore Skenazy. She very wittily responds to the hyper parenting or some call helicopter parenting phenomenon that plagues our generation of parents. If you are looking to be challenged and have a great laugh at the same time, I highly recommend this book. When I get home, I am going to train my 4 year old how to walk to his friends house that is 10 houses away and across a street himself. That sounds pretty crazy to me. I wonder how many of you are like, "Wow Mom, chill out a bit." or how many are thinking, "WHAT??!! You are a horrible mother!" It would be interesting to hear where everyone stands on that. Anyway, we are practicing here. I read a great article about how children are unable to take risks and learn from their mistakes when their parents are around, like at the playground. That too, was really challenging. I know that my gasps and "be carefuls!"don't help my boys much at the playground, as far as taking risks, so this is a good opportunity to let them go for it. They have had a blast without us. I looked out the window once and the boys had made friends with a little boy who was there with his grandparents. Right away I thought, "these people must be wondering where the lazy and reckless parents are." Then... I just let.. it.. go. It is such a funny time we are in, isn't it? I used to walk to grade one alone everyday, which was a 25 minute walk. Now everyone meets their children at the door until grade 7. Is this wrong? Is it crazy?
Well, the husband just put the boys to bed and the baby has quieted down, so its time for me to shut down the technology and enjoy the rest of the night. Still working on memorizing Ephesians. It is cool how much you can get out of one verse as you read it over and over. Here is one that is really speaking to me.
"In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one." Ephesians 6:16
IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES!!! There is never a time that I should let my guard down from the enemy. I must always be protected with faith.
Okay, off I go. Bless you friends. Have a great week!
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