What I value most about this game is how I can see the world from their perspectives—what they think about, what they observe, hear, and notice. Their questions and answers make me more cognizant of what I’m saying to them, around them, and of what I’m showing them, on purpose or not.
No matter how old we are, it is so helpful to realize that feelings like frustration, overwhelm, incompetency, and fear are valid and normal. One way we can help our kids learn how to work through struggles is to let them see and hear us work through our own. If your home is anything like mine, you’ll have opportunities to model moving through frustration, overwhelm, incompetency and fear multiple times every day.
When I see older kids posting their own stories on Instagram, I sense that in one swipe, my own children will be driving off to their first summer jobs and beyond.