Many of you know this about me, but for those of you who don’t,I grew up in a military family. My father was a LTC in the army, and I grew up moving almost every year. I got used to change, accustomed to moving. As an adult, I have learned to transfer that ability for adaptation to physical change, and to notice what my inner self is asking for. I talked about this in last week’s newsletter. (Click here to read it.)
Your kids experience similar feelings and needs in response to changes of season as you do.
Are they asking to stay inside more?
I have noticed this with my son. He wants to wear warm cozy pants and shirts, get tucked under a warm cozy blanket, have warm food, and so on.
Noticing and embracing this change can strengthen your relationship with your kids. It can also make the change in seasons more fun. Kids love to have fun, and if you make change fun they usually embrace it and look forward to it.
My son had a really hard time with the pool closing, but I am helping him look forward to fall by finding the joy in the new season. We are collecting leaves, acorns, hiking a bit more, and pulling our our warm cozy clothes.
My son has always had the tendency to get really stuck on things, as most young children do, so making things an event or something cool to look forward to has really helped him. This is something I learned to do when I was a teacher, and now with my son. By the way, this also works for adults! If you make change an event or something fun for yourself, then it’s really not so uncomfortable.
Like last week’s theme of noticing change, this week I invite you to do the same, but with your kids. Notice the changes in their desires, how they are tied to the change of season, and how embracing the need to change can create more balance in your kids’ lives. By noticing, honoring, and making these fun for your kids, you will also feel more balanced and at peace.