Parenting dilemma #1--(or atleast #1 for today!!)
It seems (for now) that my eldest daughter has none of my organizing/purging qualities. I am fully aware that she is only 5 years old, BUT, I am also aware that she is half her father...and so, here is the result of "please tidy up your room"(which is a daily ritual in this house--as is purging!!)
Hannah believes that if everything is off of her floor, than her room is clean. And all of this "stuff" is very important to her. They are her treasures... Everyday she comes home with something "BEAUTIFUL" that she has found...a rock, a beer bottle cap, some flowers, beads, blades of grass....(and the list goes on). Here are some of her favourite items stored lovingly in a box...
I ask God daily to help me with this child. I do not want to squelch her creativity. I do want her to understand tidy.I know this is God's way of teaching me--showing me beauty in things I would label as junk. He has a way of doing that. Whilst we teach our children simple, life tasks, he, inturn, allows our children to teach us. I can see Him now. Watching me. As I want to pull out my hair in frustration, he chuckles. Sends me a little whisper. Says "slow down my love, shes' a child. I let you learn. Please let her". So, although I would like to go in and empty the entire desk into the garbage, this evening we will set aside time (AGAIN) to go over what is on her desk, what she would like to keep in what containers (as she tells me stories of why the behold such beauty!), and what should be given away (or thrown out!!!!!).