Little Iley turned 3 and today we gathered in Kaity’s garden to celebrate. We found him an excellent pop-up book about the rebirth of a forest after deforestation called Wake Up, Sloth! in addition to a little metal car that Odin was very much in love with (I guess I’ll have to get him one too). I love visiting Kaity’s house and wish I did it more often! Her garden rocks and I love her cooking/baking. She’s a pro at Vegan eating and I love looking at her recipes on her blog! So needless to say, we had a ridiculously good time (despite my sudden bout of Mastitis). Earlier in the weekend, we packaged up a hive for Alana of Tafari Organics. Zak has already caught two bee swarms this summer so we were happy to gift one to sweet Alana and family.
I have to continuously remind myself that sharing and empathy are things that Odin will learn through my sharing and empathy. When I watch him interact with other children, it’s hard to not interfere. I want to allow him the space he needs to learn empathy and give him the proper example for the right way to treat other people. We’ve gone through the hitting stage where learning gentle touches was so necessary. I’m pretty convinced that it will come naturally through patience and persistence, like anything else. I’m not one to think too much about things that come up in parenting, I am a very laid back person and usually approach situations as they come. I think that that annoys other moms sometimes, but it is what it is. I do think that children should deal with problems on their own, unless it seems like it may get out of hand. I also think that a child should not be forced to share, unless it was previously discussed that the toy will need to be shared (such as a swing, or play car, or any other larger single toy). Of course, there are always conflicts of opinion when it comes to raising children, so I’m never quite sure what to do when in the company of parents whose opinions differ from my own. But what can you do? Luckily these lovely ladies seem to be just as laid back as I am about such scenarios, so usually these are the mamas I hang out with when we do get together with other littles!