Sometimes it works, and other times Jack’s settling down time outlasts Luke and Nina’s interest in whatever activity I have left them with. Those are the times when either insanity ensues or suspicious silence –punctuated by whispers and giggles – taunts me from the other end of the hall.
Such was the case the other day.
As I waited for Jack’s fluttering eyelids to finally settle into still slumber, I wondered what Luke and Nina were getting up to in the kitchen. They had had a “busy” morning, so I was glad that whatever they were doing had not degenerated into tears, teasing and the use of unkind hands. Still, I concerned about exactly what was keeping them “so quiet".
To my delight, once Jack was asleep, I discovered any fears unfounded. No major messes awaited me in the kitchen. Nothing was broken or defaced. In fact, what greeted were two children who had remembered to put on paint shirts before becoming completely absorbed in focused creativity:
As I witnessed Nina carefully applying color to Luke’s face, I smiled. The scene in front of me spoke of so many things:
- attention to detail
- fine motor control
- tactile tolerance
- team work
What have your children’s self-directed activities evidenced for you recently?