On Friday at Play Shoppe many of the children decorated kites. Perfect timing, don’t you think? “The March winds doth blow and we shall” … fly kites!
As the morning drew to an end, Henry, a little guy with kite in hand hurried his mom to get going. “I want to ‘fly-test’ my kite” he repeated excitedly several times on his way out the door.
“Fly-test” – I really like Henry’s personal word for trying out his kite.
It stuck with me all weekend – “fly-test”.
I came to realize that’s actually what we do as parents on a pretty regular basis. We fly-test our approaches to parenting – especially the bigger issues – from the time they’re babies figuring out sleep and feeding schedules and why this baby is crying, right through toilet learning, school issues, temperaments, extracurricular activities, bedtimes, expectations, sibling rivalry – the list goes on.
We fly-test our strategies to see what works well.
We fly-test our strategies, hoping to make our family’s lives be the best it can be – to make things fly.
But parenting is not a perfect science – and sometimes they don’t.
So we reconsider – what didn’t work, what do we need to do instead. And we learn, just as with keeping a kite aloft, that parenting takes much energy, positive thinking, balance, thrust, passion, resilience, determination, a whole lot of faith and a dream – like Henry had – that his kite will soar.
If any of you are in the middle of “fly-testing” a solution to a parenting concern and would like some insight, give us a warmline call at The Parenting Place – 784-8125 and ask to speak to one of the Parent Educators.