This is a parenting joy and a testament to the power of modeling for our children acts of care, connection, and skillful understanding. Without any prompting from me and entirely of his own accord, my Earth Day-born child was compelled to do his part by tending to our home and garden.
Truly, no action nor person is too small to make an impact!
My soon-to-be-6 year old son woke up Wednesday on a mission to get things organized!
Must be the feverish nudgings of spring because he’s actually been on this cleaning kick for a couple of weeks now — packing up old books and toys to give away and meticulously tidying up any surface cluttered with
junk the ever-multiplying array of collectibles (his or ours).
It started with rearranging his windowsill full of treasures, the credenza in our dining room, his desk, and a basket of old magazines — which, after stopping him from pitching them all out, we sorted through and recycled.
Later in the day he decided to investigate a stray onion in our garden (his hypothesis: it rolled from the neighboring plot) where he also noticed odd bits of trash that had been scattered around by the winter storms. He launched into action–dashing in for a trash bag then dashing back out to hunt for wind-blown refuse around our communal property.
When I came out to check on his progress, I was tickled to find him singing on the job: I’m the Glitter Police!
Can I say how much I love that he misheard litter as glitter?! If only it were glitter…