Imagination and the entertainment of self….
In doing my research for Rhythm of the Home, I have gravitated to one thought specifically in relation to my own journey as a mother…..the importance of open ended and imaginative, self directed/ regulated play.
Having an only child I find myself often torn between letting Eben play alone, or joining him in something that he is doing. And as I begin to reflect on my own skills as a mama, I find that I have fostered Eben’s ability to entertain himself just by being an independent person myself. As he has grown, the requests for me to perform for him or to guide him through an activity have diminished. He is teaching himself without me providing the script of the right or wrong way of doing something.
And I like that.
I have struggled over the past 5 years with finding the right combination of autonomy and support. As Eben gets older, I find that he is more and more independent in the skills that actually matter. The skills of life. And I wish that I could take a bow for having a part in that…but in truth his expanding imaginative brain and his innate abilities as a little person deserves all of the credit.
I was simultaneously saddened and inspired while listening to this article on NPR the other day.
Shrinking Imaginative brain space????
Executive function skills?!?!?!
Take a few minutes of your day to listen to this.
And maybe if you have a little extra time, read this one as well.
Tell us, what are your feelings?