The first day of summer conjures up memories as well as anticipation for those long and lazy days of summer. Unfortunately, and to a child’s detriment, the idea of unstructured time is not something they have much experience with.
Think of what our world would be like without time to just Be in the moment.Those unstructured moments are a greenhouse of possibilities— encouraging children to tap into their creativity, aspirations, hopes and dreams.Those moments grow A Self
Create the space children need to replenish their heart and mind. This young girl captures the essence of what I wish summer could be for all children. Some of us remember the experience of reading as part of childhood, but everyone who has been read to, has in their memory bank, the hours, listening, watching the face of the person reading aloud to them.
Maybe this little girl will grow up and become a great tennis player, but for sure, the books she reads, the characters that are becoming her lifelong companions, promise to make her life’s journey richer and more satisfying.
Resist the temptation to keep your child programmed 24/7 this summer.
Parents and children will both thrive in those unstructured moments.