Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Disobedience on the first days of summer




At about 3pm, when I'd had enough of them and them of me, I sent the children outside to play in the warmth of the summer sun. It didn't take long for them locate the garden hose and turn it up to full.

From the living room windows I barked orders at them demanding that they 'turn off the hose'.

Naturally, the cheeky rat bags promptly ignored me and continued to strip down to their perfect birthday suits whilst gleefully spraying one another, the car, the sand pit and everything in sight.

Their squeals of delight were audible throughout the house and instead of feistily repeating my request, I stopped, paused and enjoyed their enjoyment - grateful for their wilful disobedience and thirst for living on the edge.

For the rest of this summer, i'm going to approach life with a little more child like abandon.

Well played, little people, well played.


Our children really our our best teachers, and us theirs, right?


21 comments:

  1. Ha ha well played. I bet it was the best afternoon they've ever had!!!

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  2. Gorgeous…..each day at 5 o'clock its "nudey" hour here… my 3yo daughter and 2 yo son strip down to nothing, find the sprinkler and place it strategically under the trampoline (to cool it down…clever!!!) and spend the next hour in the lead up to dinner, jumping like crazy monkeys on the tramp and racing around the yard wearing themselves out. I love it…..they are so happy and as long as they are happy and not fighting…I am in mummy heaven x

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    1. Oh it's just the best thing, the nudie hour! I remember doing the same as a little one.

      They will have such fond memories Kylie

      xo em

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  3. Sometimes they know better than we do...sometimes...

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  4. I often say, my children taught me how to be a mother

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  5. They teach me everyday. (I've got a LOT to learn so good job, really!) This post made me really smile. Happy days to you and yours :) Holly.xx

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  6. haha I think I would've done the same thing!... can't fight them, join them ;)

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  7. this is awesome. yes, they are our best teachers. also.. what briseidy said ^^ way more fun to join your kids than to get stressed! here's to a fun summer :D

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    1. YES! A fun summer, I'm so looking forward to it!

      xo em

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  8. Yes! Sometimes I stop myself and think "why am I correcting them for this? They aren't hurting anyone, they're having a blast..let sleeping (squealing) dogs (rat bags) lie!" I love your blog, btw. One of my very faves.

    S.

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    1. I'm exactly the same! I have to remind myself to get out of their space/business from time to time.

      thanks for the blog love S

      xo em

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  9. yeah, let's all have fun!
    + you're lucky it's summer cause where i live (France) it certainly isn't ;)) !

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  10. Oh that is fantastic! I'm so glad you let them continue! Frankly, I'm impressed with their initiative!

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  11. This is how we survive crazy hour at our place in summer too. They can go water crazy. I dont even care if water is being wasted and sprayed on the concrete. Kids happy = Mum happy. Though I have had to step in on occasion when it gets turned up to full notch and aimed at the windows next door! The joys. Loving your blog.

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  12. magic, I need to stop and take it in more too..x

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  13. Yes they are our best teachers,i remember when mine were young i had to often remember NOT to tell them off for being children xx Lisa Mckenzie

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  14. Thanks for this Em - im hoping I can try do the same - just wishing the sun would come out already!!

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em