If anyone had told me as a child or a teen that when I became an adult that I would get married and be a mother of two awesome children, and I would become smitten with the joys of family life. I’d have snickered right back at them in disbelief. I always had motherly instincts and in fact went to college and majored in Elementary Education with the idea of making an impact in inner city schools with children of color. At the same time I pictured myself living in a loft in New York City teaching, dancing, working for a non-profit agency, writing poetry, going to open mics, and maybe some job as a waitress on the side. When I was nearly into my early thirties walking through the baby aisle in Walmart the tears began to flow and that it is when I knew that I must become a mother to my own children not just a mother in the community. I had this aching feeling in my heart that my husband and I had to complete our family and work on expanding our legacy.
I decided to have that one on one talk with my beloved husband, and begin the family planning process to embark on uncharted territory, and work on having our first-born child. Shortly after, approximately almost five years to the date we decided to go back to the family planning drawing board and plan for our little princess. I reluctantly had a few fears and doubts based on the fact that I have morning, afternoon, and night sickness for the whole nine months. I truly enjoy being pregnant and carrying a child, consider it a wonderful blessing, but to be completely honest being nauseous is not cool at all! However, I have fallen deeply in love with both of my children and would not trade my two best blessings for the world. However, we have reached the last day of the school year and the first day of summer break. I am brainstorming creative and doable activities for the summer. I am very thankful that my children love to play outside. They both love swimming, going to the playground, playing basketball, blowing bubbles, running, jumping, and spending special times with their neighborhood friends.
I think that since we live in such a digital age and so many children are attached to their tablets, cell phones, video game consoles, and television, that children playing outside is awesome! I always tell my friends not to write off outside activities because they are beneficial to their child’s development. I encourage hands on and outside play each summer. I know that we take over our local pool, library, and play ground, every summer, that is actually how my little prince taught himself how to swim a couple of years ago, just by going to the pool everyday and seeing his peers swim vigorously in the pool. At home in Atlanta, I started discovering play grounds on nearly every corner of our neighborhood and surrounding areas, while walking past subdivisions, grocery stores, and traveling to our local kid friendly beach.
My daughter is a huge fan of playgrounds, so I consider it my responsibility to discover the most fabulous playgrounds possible in order to for my little princess to play her heart out, and become exhausted at the end of the day. The overall goal is to play and have that much needed afternoon nap!
Unlike other times in my life where I would take my daughter outside, and just watch her aimlessly and scroll on my cell phone. There is no telling how many milestones I missed in her beautiful life. That’s when I decided to participate fully with my little princess, and embrace each playground moment that we share together, and I have learned so much through being present in the moment and sharing experiences each day that we have the opportunity to share special play times. I believe that my little girl is my greatest teacher because she wears a palette of innocence and bliss that I hold dearly, simply by having the honor and the privilege of being her mother.
What I learned
To Be Fearless
Be in the Moment and Present
Never Give up
Freedom is everything
Live Life to the Fullest
Trust your heart
Be the best you can be
You can overcome any obstacles
Laughter is the best medicine
Stay Persistent, Consistent, and Faithful
What have you learned from playing with your daughter outside this summer?