As they are growing, there is a point that I am taking a little set back and watching to see how they are utilize the information I've been teaching them.
I think in this world it is so important to encourage leadership in safe and exploratory ways. It might seem a bit uncomfortable at first, (I wasn't sure if I was creating havoc or creating leaders) but the more and more I foster this kind of learning, the more I see my kids grow.
Growth is so important.
Validating their strengths and curiosity is too.
So today I let them do something on their own and I watched it all unfold.
What were the results?
Some pretty happy kids, and a mom that couldn't help but take picture of there ingenious ways.
So what was the event?
The light was so bright and intense, he put on sunglasses. Pretty smart I think.
Then the safety part kicked in. I watched them talk about what would happen if a fire was created. Well, then this is what they did.
Then the smoke was getting so bad, they all put on masks to not breath it in. (I forgot to take a picture but it was so cute. My son is sensitive to smoke so they all put on masks and kept working their fire magic.) Pretty clever, don't you think.
What was the result of this simple exploration?
Pretty happy campers!!! for second.
They all got a turn. They all felt so smart. They all had fun, and I felt good watching them. They worked together, thought about safety, and built confidence in their skills.
So to the moms out there that are a bit nervous about letting them explore, I know the feeling. It's worth it.
I want to be right there watching them take their first steps into maturity just like I did when then took their first actual steps. Don't you.
I think by doing these things together, it creates a bond together.
Although I wasn't outside, I was close enough by watching that they sensed some freedom.
So what is next on my list of adventures that they can do?
I don't know.
What do you think?
If you have any ideas on ideas let me know.
I would love to hear your testimonies about what you did to help your kids mature in their leadership skills.