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Let them figure it out

15 Jun

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I don’t know if you can tell by the picture but my kiddos got a frisbee stuck in our magnolia tree. I have been watching them try to get it down for the past 30 minutes. They haven’t come to me for help and I am just letting them figure it out. I did jump in when they decided that a shovel was the best method. I suggested the broom and pointed out that the ladder was available. Other than that I haven’t given any help on how to solve this problem.
Sometimes as parents we jump in to quickly to solve the problem for our kids. Sometimes we wait to long and then there is disaster. It is a delicate line we walk as parents. When to reel in the kids and when to let them go. I say that if it isn’t going to cause a disaster, like someone getting hit on the head with the shovel one is using to get a frisbee out of a tree, let them go for it. Social situations are different, especially with a kid with a disability. Those I try to step in sooner so I can have my son actually do what is needed to resolve the situation.
Like all things knowing when to step in is a learning curve for us parents. I really would have liked an instruction book. Sigh, and now the frisbee is on the roof.
May God give you patience and grace. Keep on trail blazing.

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Posted by on June 15, 2014 in Adventures, Encouraging Words

 

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