Sometimes I forget that in my previous life I was a creative, dynamic Elementary School Counselor who taught and entertained children for hours and hours on end with enthusiasm and creativity. It was exhausting work, but I LOVED it, and I was rather good at it if I don’t say so myself :). So why in the world do I fail so miserably at teaching and entertaining my own children? Well….because I would so much rather they teach and entertain themselves, that’s why! However, we all know that kids are not the best at coming up with their own safe and parent-approved activities. Sometimes they need a bit of a push in the right direction. (Enter stage right, my hero.)
Every night after dinner, the Hubs and I love to take a stroll by the river and every night my children whine, complain, and cry that their feet hurt. Our evening pattern of walking, only to have our kids poop out, whine, complain, cry, and end up being carried or scolded all-the-way-home is getting beyond ridiculous. So today (duh!) I remembered this fabulous idea from this book pictured above. Make a nature bracelet. Simply stick a piece of tape around their wrists sticky side up, and while on your walk let them explore for treasures to place on their bracelets.
Do you see my children post-walk? No tears to speak of. In fact they look rather radiant!