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Taking Time to Run Barefoot Through the Grass

By Sandy Schroeder

Being a kid right this minute, and being one when you were a kid, can be quite different. If you are a parent, I am not telling you anything new. You are inhabiting this crazy world minute-by-minute with your family.

Every day you may see your kids grow up a little faster and reach for life quicker, responding to today’s relentless pace. Of course, you want them to keep up with the world, to be the very best they can be. But you still want them to enjoy being kids.

Ground Rules

Mastering that balance between today’s world, and the inner personal world that each of us needs to be strong and secure, can be tricky. One way to shape that world for kids may be remembering what you loved the most about your childhood. Reach back. Recreate some of the magic.

  • Running barefoot through the grass
  • Reading all afternoon, sitting under a tree
  • Biking almost everywhere
  • Feeling like you had endless time to dream

How to Make It Happen

You know what works best at your house. Start with that, and line up support.

Props to keep around – Stock up on pads of paper, pens, markers, and colored pencils. Share books and puzzles from your childhood. Set up a game table for chess and checkers.

Grandpa and Grandma – Aunts, uncles and grandparents all make excellent guides when it comes to baking cookies, gardening, or sharing life from a slightly different vantage point.

Time off – Opt out of regular routines to just cruise with your kids. Pick melons at your farmers market, or shop for new flowering plants at the nursery. Then hang out with them, teaching them how to plant the flowers or whip up a melon salad for lunch.

Regulate the news – Today’s news stream can be a little unnerving, even for adults. Keep it under control for young ones. Turn the volume down, and limit the time the TV is on. Later, talk about the news with teens. They may amaze you with the keenness of their awareness and the depth of perspective. Whatever they say, listen to keep the door open for future discussions.

Create hideouts – Kids love hidden spaces to just sit and think, or store a few treasures. A childhood friend of mine had a woodsy area just off the patio that was perfect. Neighbors of mine have an elaborate wood climbing set that leads to a treehouse. Their kids practically live up there.

Whatever works best at your house, go for it. Running barefoot through the grass never really goes out of style. We just have to remember to do it.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colleyville, Tex.

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