Summer is returning and that means we are back out in the garden.
Both Kayleigh and Ethan love being outdoors, playing on their scooters, building dens or just generally laughing lots!
However I always worry.
I worry that they are going to cut themselves on a stone, graze themselves on the floor or bump into each other as they are always too busy playing to notice what they are doing.
Funny how things change, as a kid, I didn’t notice the dangers of jumping off walls or running around. Now as a parent I notice everything, its like a little warning light flashing when the dangerous situation flags up.
I am trying to step back and give them some space. Wrapping them up in cotton wool is great for my stress levels but its not going to give them the chance to explore the world and learn of not only the dangers that it may bring but the adventures. I want them to be able to absorb everything that there is to offer, with no fear or worries.
This mean’s they get grubby and dirty but these can be washed away at the end of the day. The memories are there to stay forever.
Then there are the times that they may get hurt playing outdoors and this is when a stash of Elastoplast comes in handy!
We are there to pick them up and dust them down. With a little reassurance, a clean down of the wound and a plaster to keep it protected they are ready to go again. Most of the time without any fear of what they have just done.
It teaches them about the reality of life really. You may get knocked down and hurt at times. However the most important thing is to pick yourself back up, dust yourself down and go again. Not giving into fear is one of the things I want them to remember.
This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast. http://campaigns.elastoplast.net/plastermoments/uk