Sometimes inspiration strikes and boy am I glad of it when it does.
One of my themes at the moment is to keep improving relations with my children, daughter in particular. I have a host of fears which arise now and then about negotiating our way through the next few years of teendom. I am sure that a good strong relationship is key; being able to enjoy each others company and to spend happy times together will I hope antidote the more tumultuous times.
I have read Rites for Girls and think the idea of a regular date with my daughter is an excellent one. I had however been struggling about what. She usually just shrugs when asked what she’d like to do.
After asking the question on Rites for Girls community forum and getting the answer that I know best what my daughter likes, I decided to let go and allow the notion to swim around in my unconscious for a while.
Juggling, was the answer, or so I’ve discovered.
Monday morning home education began with watching a TED talk video about juggling. “Amazing”, “Cool”, “Wow”, were some of the comments so I knew I was onto a winner.
My son had some juggling balls given to him for Christmas and I had made some for my daughter (squares sacks filled with mung beans), I used tangerines.
Off we went and what a laugh we had. Dad joined in too. They loved it so much that it was hard to get them to do anything else that day. They even worked out how to juggle two balls each back and forth between them.
Not only did we have a some belly clutching laughs together we learned a new skill AND it opened the doorway to me spending the evening watching a girly film and painting nails with my daughter. Booya! as she would say.
This has led to another planned outing to get lip-gloss as the one she wanted to show me turned out to be broken.
Simpler than I thought!