When you do not pay attention to the curiosity of a child everyone loses.
Yesterday Sam attempted to interrupt my weeding time with a question about something she had found. I glanced up,
and then looking back down at my weeds said "oh Sam they are just mushrooms, don't touch them, we don't know what kind they are". She came right back to me that they were soft and didn't seem like mushrooms she had seen before. Again I dismissed her, told her again not to touch them and went back to my weeding (because of course dandelions are the most important thing in the world!).
And she ran off. Off to explore something else, dig up something else or water another flower.
Then, today when it was just Avery and I out in the garden I found those two soft, mushroom-like things that Sam had found. And my heart sank. What a teachable moment I missed with Sam yesterday.
But I missed out. In that moment my weeding was more important and we all missed out. So, later today when the rain stops we will go explore, find those "mushrooms" again and talk about what they really are!
Moms - put down the dishes, the laundry, the weeding tools and the cleaning supplies. It can all wait. Play with your kids. Get them outside exploring, learning and playing. Be there with them, asking questions, feeling things and discovering new wonders in your own backyard. Keep in mind what is truly the most important thing in the world right now and don't miss out!