Let Kids Be Little, Let Them Play: Parenting Inspiration From My 8-Year-Old by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

3 years ago
Let Kids Be Little, Let Them Play: Parenting Inspiration From My 8-Year-Old

My son turned 8 recently. Sometimes I look at him and in the same moment I can see the toddler he was and the teenager he will come long before I’m ready for it. The other night he asked if I’d play catch with him, something he hasn’t asked me to do in quite some time. 

My to-do list was long, my eyes heavy and my patience short, thanks to a new puppy and a long work day. And everyone knows that kids shouldn’t play catch in the house! But I said yes with a smile, because I was reminded that he’s still little, that he still loves to play, and he still loves to play with his mama. 

We laughed and talked while we played. It was clear that he loved having one-on-one time with me. We had so much fun doing something so simple. And in the midst of such a simple activity, I was reminded of some important lessons: 

  • Slow down. 
  • Be present. 
  • Set the to-do list aside. 
  • Let them be little. 
  • Let them play.

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Stephanie Cannoe
A great reminder and gift to your son... A simple choice, but one that means everything to our boys. I'm inspired to be more present, especially when it's the last thing on my list!
Abraham Alarcon
Great reminders Ann Marie! I find it hard to slow down. Music helps me slow down so I play David Nevue.
Tiffany Zook
Today we just played and made jello, because when you’re 4, nothing’s better!
Mike Prochaska
I know I said it on fb BUT AGAIN THIS IS AWESOME
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
I had a feeling you'd like this one, Mike. :)
Michael Kennedy
So true, you can't rewind the clock once it passes. Enjoy the moment and eventually the memory :)

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