Ever stop and think to yourself… man, I wish I could be little again? Before I had fears and all these lovely adult biases that we have built in our heads over decades on this planet.
As I watched my 2 year old this week, playing outside in this beautiful weather and discovering all our backyard had to offer I started to wish I was as fearless as he is.
It all started with a nest of spiders. Hence the picture. Those are tons of little baby spiders on my gardening wheel barrel. He decided to poke the nest and open it and wheel it over to me and show me all the little bugs. Aww, bugs! How adorable… now please get them the heck away from me!
I had to keep my cool even though all I wanted to do was shriek in horror and run miles away, but you can’t really do that when you are mom, because of course you don’t want to scare the toddler.
After that there was the head first slide heard round the world that left him with a bump the size of a golf ball on his forehead. The poor kid is an accident waiting to happen when he is in the yard, but I suppose most little boys are. I saw him climb up to the stop of the platform the slide is set off of, and then he did something he had never done before and went on his belly straight down the slide head-first before I could run across the yard to stop him. He slid so fast he ended up in our mulch pile, head into the compost bin. What a nightmare.
I had a great childhood with fun-loving parents who always encouraged me to have my own little adventures and I want nothing more for my kids, but the adult – the mom in me – always freaks out when I see them doing something I would be scared of or am scared for them to do.
I know I probably need to relax a little bit and let kids be kids though. If you could go back to your youth, what is one fear you wish you could take back?
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