Dare to dream - stimulate children to be creative
Human kind is very attracted by the concept of flying. How it is to fly we don't know (yet). I am not talking about the sitting in a airplane - kind of flying, but I mean the real floating with your whole body through the air-flying.
"Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet." ~ Roger Miller
One of my favorite examplaes of playful parenting....
I want to fly!
‘Pff, why can't I fly'?, Chanel asks me.
No mission is impossibile, if you really want it. That is what I believe, but how do you explain these difficult themes of life to a toddler? I remember Paolo Coehlo's Alchemist.
‘Did you ever talk to your heart about it, Chanel? Our heart is the boss of making desires come true’.
‘Heart, heart, can you let me fly’, Chanel is whispering.
She stands up and jumps- hop, hop, hop- but she is not flying.
‘You see mommy, my heart doesn't listen to what I say’.
I am thinking hard now , I don't want to do it the easy way saying: 'you will understand when you are a big girl'. This is a great chance of sharing wisdom with eachother.
‘I am sure that you can fly Chanel', I finally answer her.
'Now you are a little girl, sometimes very sweet, sometimes a bit naughty (she smiles here). When you grow up, your friends, your family and even I will try to make you do things, because we think that particular thing is the best for you. Don't do immediately what others tell you, listen to your heart first. Stay who you are, a beautiful authentic person'.
'What means authentic, mommy'?
"That you do what you feel is good for you", I answer her. 'Like wanting only one ponytail for example':
You can only listen to your heart if you are silent.
So at this point I take her close to me, and we both close our eyes.
'Now I am ready to tell you the special language of the heart'!
- Boom-- boom means : 'I'm tired'.
- Boom-boom-boom is: 'I'm waking up'!
- Boom-di--boom-di-boom is: 'I am learning it, do not give up. Imagine yourself flying, dream about it, and laugh big time'.
Laugh, spread your happiness
That evening I observe her when she is playing alone.
I am sure to see her pass above my bed one of these nights.
'BOOM--DI--BOOM--DI--BOOM', I hear her giggle to herself. She throws herself on the floor, laughing out loud, sharing her joy for life with the world around her!!
The very best of all is that:
A very happy child in the house makes me fly of love!
Inspired by :
Paolo Coehlo 'The Alchemist'
Neale Donald Walsh, 'The little soul and the earth, I'M SOMEBODY'
Saint - Exupéry, 'The little prince'
Tinkerbell's titlesong "Fly to your heart"
Mary Poppins "I love to laugh song"
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