My pain point when practicing being present with my kids is pretend PLAY.
I am great at activities; cooking with them, crafting with them, anything that keeps my hands and body busy with them… But to join them on a journey with my mind? Well, I fear that this Peter Pan has finally grown up. And with all this growing up that I have done, I have forgotten how to be a kid again.
What my heart really wants, is to put all the clutter of my mind to the side and to go off on a journey to the Neverlands with my children. Could I do it? Could you?
Wikipedia explains that the Neverlands are found in the minds of children… and that the… Neverlands are compact enough that adventures are never far between. It says that a map of a child's mind would resemble a map of Neverland, with no boundaries at all.
Oh, how glorious a life it would be if we allowed our minds and imaginations to be boundless! Let your imagination run wild as you create a Teddy Bear Picnic for you and your littles to enjoy. This can be as simple or as extravagant as you make it. But above all, don’t forget to have fun!
$0 I found all of these items at home.
We found a lovely shaded spot in the garden under a hanging pomegranate tree. We decided to decorate the tree in Christmas ornaments made from old trinkets. The kids hung dried flowers from the tree by wrapping small portions of wire around the ends of the flowers. We dressed up in flower crowns and hats, played games together, read books, and served heart shaped p+b sandwiches and tea to our cuddly guests.
images by Brittnay Taylor