My lovely wife put me on to this daily email about parenting called “The Daily Groove.” It’s short, simple and to the point and the emails often contain great tid-bits of wisdom. Here’s the one that came today:
:: Growing Down ::
Phrases like “child’s play” and “cry like a baby” and “grow up!” expose an unspoken belief of our culture: children are expected to have fun and express their feelings openly, while grown-ups are expected to accept that life is mostly a grind with little room for authenticity.
Perhaps, then, our desire for our children to be happy and authentic is partly a wish for ourselves. Luckily, *modeling* is the most effective parenting tool, so let’s model authenticity and lightness today by “growing down”…
* Eat spaghetti with your fingers
* Wear shoes that don’t match
* Wear no shoes at all… in the rain
* Don’t delay gratification
* Scream when you feel like it
* Pee in the grass!
No need to worry what other grown-ups might think. Just tell them you’re sacrificing your adultness for the good of your children. 🙂
Enjoy and here’s to good mental health.