Obviously it is Monday, so a homeschool day. Our theme this week is Apples so we have all sorts of fun activities planned. We had a lot of fun snuggling up and reading some books about apple trees and picking apples. We made a Family (Apple) Tree, did some finger painting, and worked on writing the letter T. But what could be more fun than picking "apples" ourselves? So we taped some apples up to the frame of our indoor swing and jumped around trying to pick them off. Of course we couldn't eat all those "apples" so we fed them to the rocking horse.
In the spirit of apple week we also got out our farm toy set with the apple tree that magically dumps its apples into the wagon below. And we spent some time playing non-apple games as well.
Doing something nice doesn't have to be a big ordeal. It doesn't have to be a grand gesture. It does even have to be (and I definitely don't suggest this) caving to a child's every whim.
Nice can be a simple hello. It can be holding the door for a stranger or leaving the change in the spare pennies jar for someone to use. It can be letting someone else go first. And when it comes to kids, nice is even easier. It can be reading them their favorite book or even just letting them tell you their story without being distracted by the dishes. It can be taking a few extra minutes to give those extra dozen hugs before you leave. And if you can be silly with them and let yourself loose to play, all the better.
Mental health can be just as important as physical health. It is the challenge we all face during these pandemic times. It is important to find a balance.
I'm grateful to get to homeschool my daughter this year. I'm grateful for all the people who have assisted in helping me find safer outings and playdates so my daughters can still be social. I'm grateful to take time to play today. I'm grateful to recognize when my daughter is truly just needing me to stop and listen (and really isn't that what we ask of kids all the time?). I'm grateful for some fun activities with the apple theme this week. I'm grateful to get creative. I'm grateful for this particular combination of days to celebrate. I'm grateful for each day I get to spend with my girls.
What nice thing can you do today? How can you help support a child's health? How can you support your own health today?
May today remind us to take care of ourselves and those around us. May we recognize the power of just listening. May we find something nice to do others (and for ourselves) each day. Have a beautiful day!