~ Said by mom and dad 20,000 times a day ~
Recently, while at the zoo, I rushed Angelus from one animal exhibit to the next trying to cover as much ground as possible. My poor kid just wanted to watch the monkeys and butterflies a little more. What was I trying to accomplish? Why did we have to walk the whole zoo? We didn’t. I was getting bored and subconsciously subscribed to the idea that not seeing as much as possible would be a waste. I mistakenly chose quantity over quality. I also began to notice other parents (#ParentJudgements) doing it too, out of habit, almost on auto pilot.
Since our zoo trip, I’ve tried to question myself before I rush Angelus to move his little butt. What’s the real goal? Are we on an important schedule (going to school) or a preconceived idea of what he should be doing (seeing nothing special of everything) instead of what he wants to do (spend an hour watching monkeys throw poop).
It’s a game changer folks, try it!