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Monday, 3 June 2013

Little Wonders that Captivated Little Hearts

I find myself telling my children to hurry quite a lot; I urged them to complete their homework quickly, tidy up their toys quickly, finish up their meals within a limited time frame and the list goes on.

The other day as I was (again) rushing them to my mum's house, I saw a few butterflies hovering around the flowers at the bridge we crossing and I pointed it out to them. Soon after, I hurried them to get to the bus stop. But they kept telling me, "wait!" I got impatient after a few "waits" and was going to raise my voice (obviously I'd forgotton about The Orange Rhino challenge), then I thought I heard a voice telling me to "WAIT".

I stopped and waited, then I saw what I have been missing out! My children were observing and were being captivated by the wonders of nature. The flutter of the butterflies' wings, the beautiful red of the ixora plant, the exceptionally slow movement of the snail and even the pesky cockroaches were worthy of their observation and appreciation.

So I waited and while Princess and the Rock got all excited about the butterflies, I immersed myself in their simple joy and tried to imbibe as much positive vibes as I can before the next catastrophe strikes, all by the serene longkang in front of my block.

Stop and smell the roses

This incident reminded me of one of the reasons we decided to homeschool - so that they can take as much or as little time to learn and experience subjects that are of interest to them. That was a great opportunity for nature study and I nearly botched it! In my busyness, I have forgotten the important task of nurturing their natural curiosity that is so crucial in helping them become lifelong learners.

I certainly need to learn to see the world through my children's eyes more and do what Walter Hagen said, stop and smell the roses along the way!


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