From Birmingham Parent
Making friends is easy. Adults just make it difficult. Kids make friends with anyone who passes by. It’s only as we get older that we start putting conditions on our friendships.
Follow the rules—slides are for going down. There are rules on the playground—very simple rules. If everyone followed the rules, things would go much smoother. When one kids starts climbing up a slide, others are inconvenienced.
It’s easy to fall, tougher to get up on your own. We all fall. It’s what being human is all about. The type of person you will be is in how you react to the fall.
When someone falls down, help them up. Enough said.
Every once in a while everyone needs a push. I have yet to meet a child who doesn’t love to swing. But many of them need constant pushing, or at least a push to start them off. In a nutshell, that’s what parents are there for, giving a push when needed.
Life is like the monkey bars, you can’t finish it without taking a leap of faith. Most kids love monkey bars. They’re usually pretty good at swinging on that first bar, but moving to the second bar is a bit more problematic. It takes a leap of faith, which is difficult to make, but if a parent is standing there to catch them if they fall they can take the leap much easier. The more times they take the leap, the more likely they will try again.
Seesaws are like marriages—they are at their best when both sides work together. Ups and downs. Like seesaws, all marriages have them. And just like seesaws, how both sides react determines how pleasant the ride is for both participants.