If I could re-live my years with children, I would slow way down. I’d allow more unstructured time in the garden to experience the breeze, feel the rough bark of a tree or the smooth roundness of a pebble, to ponder little insects in the grass, to notice the birds or to tread in squelchy mud.
I’d allow ample time when coming indoors to practice those crucial skills of taking off Wellington boots, pulling a zip up and down or learning to wash hands. Such learning takes repetition and when unrushed, it is fun and deeply satisfying.
The essence of working with children is experiencing life through their eyes. So much to feel, see, hear, try to understand – and so many life lessons to grasp! And perhaps we learn more from them than they learn from us.