Everyone makes fun of me in my house, because it’s a known fact that all of mommy’s rules might lead to death.
You can’t go swim in the lake by yourself, BECAUSE YOU MIGHT DIE!
Please be careful doing those backflips, BECAUSE YOU MIGHT DIE!
You shouldn’t eat too many processed foods, BECAUSE YOU MIGHT DIE!
Sometimes, I feel like I’m calling WOLF all the time!
I’ve never been more worried, or stressed out, about my kids growing up in this world, than this week. With the terrible news of the killing of little Hailey and her dad in Alberta, the murder of Police Officer Catherine Campbell here in Halifax, and a lot of other news about people losing loved ones this week, my heart is heavy.
How do I teach my children that this world is a beautiful place to live in if we’re always talking about death? How do I hold my head high and push away the sorrow? And for Pete’s sake, how do I make rules for my children without saying they might die all the time!
My girls are both at the age where they are dealing with a torrent of new emotions, online dangers, and we’re dealing with some pretty heavy issues right now. Parenting in this age, and the conversations we’re having, are not easy! (Has parenting ever been easy? Probably not!)
Honestly; IT MAKES ME WANT TO RUN AWAY! It makes me want to go hide in the woods, live on a farm and get away from the internet completely! But I know that’s not possible. It might be for a while…but for how long? Our populations are increasing at an alarming rate and natural spaces are decreasing in tandem. How long would it take until we had no choice but to go back on the grid and face the reality of our society? Is it ever a good idea to run away from your problems?
As a society we have to deal with negativity and bullying head on every day. I can only hope that we’re doing a good enough job of it. That, as parents, we are realizing the need for our children to turn off the electronics, get back into nature and stop reading all the negative headlines every day.
So, I hold my head high and teach them to do the same. To choose to try, and be happy every day. To search out the little things the make you happy and make time to do them!
I play music…uplifting music if possible. I exercise and encourage them to do the same. And I tell them I love them every day, nothing gets in the way of that. We all need to hear it!
Just in case you don’t have anyone who has told you it in a long time: I love you too!