Thursday, September 26, 2013

No Hurry

Preschool for Paisley was a bit different today. After a morning that felt more rushed than it should have been, I strapped Eliza into the Ergo, buttoned up Paisley's rain jacket and grabbed her a bucket for collecting treasures. Sometimes our pace needs to slow, doesn't it? When it feels like we're always telling our kids to hurry and boxing their little imaginations into our grown up world, we need to intentionally create these moments where there isn't any rush, where they can be the leader.

She led us on our walk today, with no agenda and no time frame. We walked, stopped, looked, talked about what we saw and then walked some more. Enthusiastically, she loaded her bucket with leaves and miniature pine cones.

What she loved most of all were the slugs. She wanted to know about their Moms, Dads, brothers and sisters. She's my animal loving, spunky, thinks-outside-of-the-box girl. She stretches me like I never imagined she would. She makes me want to create more moments where I never say "hurry", "we need to go" or "come on!"

It's strange to me that we want to grow our kids imaginations and teach them to explore and learn, yet we're always rushing them from one thing to another. When I'm rushed, I don't feel like I'm fully able to appreciate something or be fully present. How much more are my kids not fully experiencing things when I'm rushing them all the time?

This morning, watching her kneel on the sidewalk and talk sweet to the slug ---letting her just be and not rushing her, vowing to myself that I won't say hurry for an hour, because for some reason, I struggle with that. I know it sounds cheesy, but it was totally the best part of my day.



  1. Very nice reminder, we are practicing this right now as well. I am looking at my daughter thinking the time from age 2 to 3 has flown by, I never want to rush her as this time with her is already slipping by too fast!

  2. You are encouraging tenderness and thoughtfulness in your children. How wise!

  3. It sounds WONDERFUL! And it sounds like it is exactly what BOTH of you needed.
    By the way, I am so glad you are back blogging and blogging about the kids. I love keeping up with you guys!

  4. Definitely needed that reminder right now!! Thank you!!

  5. Oh my! If I had a quarter for every time I said "Quickly!" to my girls! *rolling eyes at self* I've been intentionally working on that actually. It never ceases to amaze me how, as a stay at home mom, I can be in such a HURRY all the time! What a great post and reminder to s l o w down! :)

    Have I mentioned how CUTE your kids are?!? Seriously.


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