I had a conversation with a mom recently whose daughter wants to be allowed to go around the block independently on her bike.
But how does any parent know for sure when it’s time to say “go ahead” – whether it’s a solo bike “journey” or any other new developmental change in our children’s lives.
For some reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about what the phrase “going around the block” can mean in other parenting and personal decisions. And let me make myself perfectly clear, I am not referring to any definition of the above phrase one might get from the Urban Dictionary.
I’m thinking it’s when we take that next step, when we make that decision to expand horizons, when we start new goals, when we consider what’s possible, we are journeying “around the block“.
And when we venture “around the block“, things do change. There might be some unease at first until the new becomes the norm again.
The Parenting Place is “going around the block” these days, facing its own developmental leap. Change is in the air with the reconstruction going on in our building. The Parenting Place needs more growing room, (just like our young friend wants) and so we are expanding within the building we are in on Green Bay Street.
And when expansion happens, when walls get knocked down and new ones put up, when people’s personal work spots are altered, I’d say The Parenting Place is going “around the block”.
And to go “around the block” , to recognize and accept growth, it takes readiness, patience, trust and being informed.
As for this mom’s hard decision to let her young daughter venture literally around the block, it takes careful consideration, agreements, perhaps smaller increments before “the whole block” happens, and the hardest part of being a parent when we might have to say, “not yet”.
I believe we “go around the block” in all parts of our lives. And in both small ways and big ways, it can be as promising and exhilarating as it will be when this young girl pedals solo around her block.
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