Now that Olive is almost two, I’ve had a fair amount of time to get used to the whole ‘parenting thing’. I’ve gotten into a groove, really – in terms of our activities, we go to the park, we go to museums, we have playdates. These activities are on regular rotation not only because Olive seems to enjoy them, but to be honest, they are somewhat easy for me to do as well. They are all relatively safe, creative and are in intimate settings; things that I do well. So naturally, I would have my daughter do the same things, too.
Just recently, however, Olive has been displaying an interest for sportier things. She is entranced when she sees people play soccer, or ride on scooters, or ride on bikes – and she wants to join in as well. Well…these things are not my forte. Sporty things are not my forte. Scratch that, that was an understatement. I actually blow at sports. This may come as a surprise to a lot of you, but I don’t know how to ride a bike. SHOCKING, I know, but I don’t.
I’ve come to realize that as an individual, it is totally acceptable for me to stay within my own interests and my own comfort zone. I’m in my thirties, I know what I like, and I know what I’m good at. However, as a new parent, I need to expose Olive to as much as I can so she can figure out on her own what she likes. Maybe she isn’t going to like music and reading as much as I do. What if she has a hidden passion for things such as soccer, fishing, or camping but she never got to try them, because these are a few things I just don’t care for? That would be such a shame.
So, parents – I suggest we all try to push ourselves outside our comfort zones soon – so that our kids might be able to experience something new. You never know what possibilities may open up for your child (hey, or maybe for yourself!) when you do so!
Okay, yes husband – this means i’ll go camping with you.
Have a great day!
Photo Credit: RLH Photo for My Baby Olive Juice