immense balance and
concentration clearly guides
young attention span
Fun and games.
Has anyone else modified the traditional egg and spoon race to potato and spoon? That’s how we do it here on the island; a very Irish substitute indeed.
Does it matter that one child might have a smaller-than-other’s potato which is easier to balance on a larger-than-other’s spoon?
My answer is NO, it doesn’t matter. Potatoes and spoons can vary greatly in size, but at the end of the day it’s all fun and games. Children are asked to supply their own so it’s no surprise that some choose to their advantage while others choose for greater challenge.
The challenge is a personal one of coordination and balance, of cooperation between mind and body. Competitive it is, but there’s no title or trophy to win.
That’s not fair.
Gratefully, these words are never grumbled in our home. Yes, there’s been question as to why things are different for one than another at times, but this happens less and less often as the children come to understand that everyone doesn’t, shouldn’t, and will never get treated exactly the same.
Hoping to make sound decisions, Johnny and I try to consider everything that has an effect on a situation. Difference in age is weighed. That said, my age seven child doesn’t have all the same opportunities and consequences as each of his siblings had at that age. Personality, maturity, strengths and abilities, sensitivities and weaknesses, as well as their history, are all in mind when making decisions. We treat our children uniquely rather than equally and intentionally give them different privileges, chores, and responsibilities.
This feels fair to us. It’s harder and requires more work in the short run than just treating everyone the same. In the long run, it saves time, increases self-worth, and is more effective at preparing them for adult life.
What’s really being grumbled is ‘that’s not equal, why isn’t it the same for me?’ In reality, this isn’t even what they want. Children deserve more than being treated the same; they want to feel special and they should be made to feel that way because that’s exactly what they are.
Ron’s Haiku words this week are ‘vast (immense) and clear’.
The photo word of the week is ‘game’. A new list for 2016 has been compiled by myself and three other writing friends,
Cathy from Nanacathydotcom
Jane from Rainbow Junkie
Sandra from Wild Daffodil
If combining these two challenges isn’t enough, I also like to keep with my blogs theme of family life on our homefarm in the Aran Islands. Much to my surprise, I’ve come to realize over the year of doing these challenges, there is an endless amount of material here on Inis Mor to summise in a single photo and seventeen syllables.
I admit that I often use multiple photos and write a narrative as well, almost always without forethought. The two are combined resulting in the growth of a new idea. This challenge is very inspirational and often introspective. Maybe you’d consider joining in on occasion-either with the haiku poetry, photo challenge, or both combined. It’s flexible, like fun and games, take it as seriously or as light-hearted as suits you and your own unique personality.
p.s. A little addition in response to a comment below 🙂 Yes, potato sack races do follow the potato and spoon races 🙂