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Childlife.ca e-news#21: Summer's Lesson = Slow Down

by Mary Stuart, E.C.E.D.H. Director, Childlife.ca

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” — George Bernard Shaw

We are half way through the summer and hopefully everyone is enjoying the slower pace of the season.

Slowing down gives us time to catch up with what is important — relating, noticing, listening, tuning in, being present and in the moment with our children, our families, nature…

When we take the time to slow down, fun starts to bubble up as we look at the world around us with fresh eyes, an open heart, an open mind…

We can see the learning and fun take place as a child’s feels the sand with her bare feet or as he discovers that water changes the sand consistency and a tower can be built…

When we take the time to slow down, we relax a bit more and possibly see the funnier side to life…

I have a very bouncy, fun,fun,fun “Tigger-like” Jack Russell Terrier dog named Jake. This week during our daily walk on the beach, Jake surprised me with a gift of “discovery”.

He came bounding out from behind some bushes with a bounce in his step and a big smile on his face. One of my friends said, “He looks so happy, Mary!”

Well the happiness for Jake was that he rolled in a gigantic smelly dead fish and thought he was the king of the beach for the rest of the walk.

Needless to say, he stunk to high heaven, and I had the interesting task of walking with this happy stinky fella and washing him when we got back home.

I couldn’t help but laugh with him as he seemed so delighted with himself….

Being the summer and its slower pace, our 45 minute bath routine was a time to connect and relate — instead of fume and frustrate.

I took my time, and smiled at his antics and thought how blessed am I to have this little fella in my life…

My hope is that we will take this slow pace, and try to make it a way of life — especially for our children.

They are yearning for us to spend time with them and hopefully the summer is teaching us the lesson well:

Slow Down… A Child Will Thank You!

Happy Summer!

Mary

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