Recently B has hit a remarkable stage. He is all about telling elaborate stories, building things and causing havoc. It occurred to me that there had to be a way to direct his interests into a way to build confidence.
so we’ve been taking the interests one at a time. One day he started talking about building a tree-house in the backyard. So, he scouted out the perfect tree. Then, I had him draw a plan for it. The plans weren’t complete until he finished drawing the crocodile slide. Rolled up and secured with rubber bands, the plans became his treasure. His great uncle came to visit who also happens to be an architect. And, Uncle P was all ears at hearing about B’s concept. His other Great Uncle, a contractor, chimed in as well.
This experience just made me think about the positive effects of redirecting the boy energy. Not to mention the importance of mentors. Thank you Uncle P and Uncle T for encouraging B to think big.
For me, this was a major experience in letting go. Until now, other than his preschool teachers, either myself of my husband have been teaching him about the world. But we’ve come to a crossroad where it is time to let him gain learning from others. It’s a humbling thing to have your child want to learn something that you don’t know. Hockey – ya right. I can hardly skate straight, taekwondo, again another potentially lifelong goal but not at present. Allowing other adult figures to step in to teach things that are beyond me has been eye opening in many ways. Humbling yet empowering, as I know B is growing from his expanded exposure.
As for redirecting the boy energy into positive experiences, in addition to hockey we’ve tried ninja school. B has been talking about ninja school for months. We visited and watched awhile ago and he has kept talking about it. So, I thought why not let him try.
Reluctant at first, he clung close and absorbed the scene. For me it was a parenting dilemma – to push or not to push. After driving a half hour to get there and the days of anticipation, was expecting him to participate asking too much? Clearly he was cautious and unsure about the experience. and, I was getting frustrated at his hesitation.
As he sat on my lap, I thought about how comfortable he is in his little nest and the idea of eagle parenting. Encouraging but making the nest a little less comfortable to make young explore outside. But deciding to honor him and his interests, I held back and gently encouraged him. So playfully I made a little earthquake with my legs, which made B stand up. A baby step closer to participating. That coupled with the gentle encouragement by the teacher, made B eventually join the ranks.
But he wasn’t sold until he was told to hit hard. Then you should have seen him hit the red bag. Smiling, laughing, not to mention expending all that energy in a positive way. Yay! And he left asking if he could go back tomorrow. Success.
So begins a new chapter in parenting and in B’s development. Luckily C is waiting in the pits ready for his turn.