Make it simple

Written by Leny Grott

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. ~Confucius

Why do we think complicated things are better?

Do parents think they have to make sure their children are occupied all day?

If you look up the word simple in Dictionary.com, you will find easy to understand, deal with, use, not complicated.  Free of secondary complications.

pause for a minute.

 When something is good, or is of good quality, doesn’t mean it has to be complicated or expensive. It just has to have meaning.  Simple moments with you are the ones your children will remember their whole lives, the moment you jumped in puddles together, the time you sang Karaoke together, or when you stayed up late at night because the book you were reading was so interesting you couldn’t put it down.

It is as simple as reading a book.

Sometimes things get out of control, pause for a minute, grab a book, snuggle with your children and enjoy the story.

You could have books ready  throughout the house or a basket with your child’s favorites stories.  Keep some books in the car, in the bikebasket and in your bag when you go grocery shopping so they are accessible and children associate books with calm.  Need to add some humor to a situation?  Have joke books or funny books handy. 

A few days ago, I was talking to a mom of two and she was expressing how challenging it is to keep her children occupied. She tried many art projects with them and none of them worked, she tried a complicated science project and they just made her house a disaster, she was very frustrated and overwhelmed.

Expensive toys, complicated art and science projects or the latest technology aren’t always the answer. New studies recommend that books can be the most beneficial aspect to a child’s learning.

THE FAMILY READ-ALOUD EXPERIENCE IS OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE

More than 80% of both kids and parents across all income levels and child’s age love or like read-aloud time a lot. And among children ages 6–8 and their parents, love for read-aloud time is up eight and nine points, respectively, since 2016.

Why is read-aloud time loved so much? Parents and children say it is because it is a special time with each other. And this feeling stays with children as they grow older, as a 17-year-old boy shared: “It was quality one-on-one time with my parents and I have special memories of picking out the books that they would read with me.” Scholastics research 2017.

Henry David Thoreau said. “I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So, simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.”

My main goal with this post is to highlight how meaningful are each and every one of the little moments you spend with your child.  Parenting and caring for children are one of life’s greatest joys.

Pick up a book and enjoy the journey.  

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