As I witness how my kids grow in their physical adeptness, since this is their usual morning routine, I marvel at how they never seem to tire of the same place… In fact, they get very excited being able to do their exercise and imagination routine. It then dawned on me that indeed, it is the daily habits like these that becomes a precious memory to be savoured years down the road. Holiday trips may be exciting, but it will be the consistent routine of playtime and loving and growing that will be etched into hearts and minds. This consistent routine will also enhance their physical strength and develop skills with greater confidence.
My eldest had some difficulty crossing the monkey bar initially, but after encouraging him to persevere and not give up, he soon caught up with the second son within a few weeks time. They also learnt to climb a long pole and tried a few attempts to climb trees.
Their gym routine developed from just hanging with arms and limbs to balancing on the poles. The playground was a soft carpeted sponge playground, so it was safe enough for them to exercise their gymnastic moves…
One thing amused me was the looks we get from the park goers(majority the older generation) lamenting on how dangerous it was for them to play like that. And I get the look from them, ‘what kind of mum am I to allow them to do such dangerous stunts?’ I just smile at them and just be more alert to their moves. I was also wondering, during the Kampong carefree days, kids enjoy doing even more ‘dangerous stuffs’… Anyway, my husband is a risk taker, and I also learnt that boys need an outlet for their creative energies to be expended. By allowing them the freedom to explore the environment and exercise their God given parts, the boys enjoy the pleasure of risk taking and learn the extent of what their boundaries are. When they do fall and get hurt, I would help them learn how to break their fall and caution them to certain dangers. Overall, they are able to play without getting into serious injury. I also am prepared for accidents to happen. Nontheless, I would rather let them be the best that they can be, than to quench their desires and thirst for stretching their physical limits. I recall a literature study in which man, our bodies were made to scale the earth. We don’t have much hills and mountains to climb, so we make do with our variety of open playgrounds! Now, the park goers are used to our active presence and also learn to enjoy their active play.
May we enjoy building special memories through even the most mundane routine and grow in our Body, Mind and Soul!