It was a tough morning. One of my sons insisted on refusing to do what I asked:
- He refused to eat his breakfast
- He refused to drink water
- He refused to pass anything to anyone
In addition, he spilled water on the table and floor, swiped his lunch kit onto the floor, and glared. I told him he could not go to school until he ate his breakfast, drank some water and apologized for his behaviour.
After I put my other children on the bus, I asked my son to join me on my morning walk with our dog, Olaf. He put on his shoes and came.
As we walked, there was little conversation. I focused on breathing deeply and enjoying the beauty of nature. The theme of the morning turned out to be wild flowers.
The first flower that caught my eye was an Alberta Wild Rose. Once I paid attention, I noticed many other rose bushes scattered throughout the area where we walked.
On our walk we also spotted blue bells, flowering Saskatoon bushes, and dandelions – both blooming and going to seed.
Our walk only lasted fifteen minutes, but my perspective shifted a hundred and eighty degrees. When we arrived back at our house, my son cheerfully complied with my requests and I took him to school with a smile on his face.
Perhaps I should implement a morning walk for him more often 🙂
What have you discovered in your parenting journey that has surprised and delighted you? Please share!