That’s What Children Do (Free play, Imagination, Giving kids space to be kids)

Decided to take a break from a writing project and get my daughter, her friend who is over for a playdate and myself something to eat.

As I entered the center of our house, I saw paper cups everywhere. I chuckled, wondering what they were coming up with, but didn’t ask. Sometimes, it’s better not to ask.

While I started on a salad, my girl planted herself next to me by the sink and filled up a cooking pot with water to the brim.

She proceeded to hold it very carefully and walk off into the house. Since it seemed as though she was heading outside through the front door, I thought it would be okay. However, I did imagine water all over the floor as it sloshed out.

Me – “Aye, aye, aye, aye…”

She could tell by the tone of my voice that it was Daddy code for, “Have fun but, you know, let’s keep that in the bowl.” Without hesitation she responded-

Her – “Hey, that’s what children do.”

Alone in the kitchen doing what adults do, making another meal, I could only nod my head in agreement. Yep, that’s what children do. They turn the simplest ideas into creative play.

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