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Got some hair-brained awesome idea? Talk to my kids. They're up for it. Can you sell it as "Quite possibly the greatest thing they'll ever do. In their entire lives!"? Totally game. My kids are most definitely "yes" people. At almost 6 and 4.5 years old, my kids think little about their decisions. And that's great. They don't consider their limitations, because at that age, lets be honest: The only thing that could possibly hold them back is their size. We have little concept of the "Risk of life or limb" idea. And while I'm sure that running with the bulls, or skydiving would be really great, I am not one of those people. I strive to be, but sometimes I just want to sit in the house with my covers pulled up to my chin and watch a little television.
We talked a bit this week about the idea of courage, and that's something my kids have in spades. We're not a family who believes in a lot of fear (though, as a mother, I have enough for all four of us. Times infinity. But never let them see you scared). We dismiss the idea of being afraid of the dark. Rather, if it's something that makes you uncomfortable; fix it. Turn the bathroom light on yourself. Don't like the thunder? Lets find a way to make it less scary - discuss how it occurs, a way to think or rationalize around it. Things you understand are far less threatening. Afraid that you physically can't do something? Most of the time the worst thing that can happen is that you can't and with a little practice, that can change. Being afraid of failure is absolutely unacceptable for these two. It's my job to make sure that they know with preparation and support anything is possible. That's not to say that failure is unacceptable. It absolutely is. But to use fear as a means to keep you from even trying... nuh-uh.
All of this to tell you that this week we went to the city's Parade of Lights with our good friends. We all packed into my car and headed down to the madness. It was a great time, with hot chocolate, and pretty amazing peanut butter (and jelly in a container, not on your PBJ) sandwiches. Side note: if you have a PB & Jellies near you: GO!! The kids saw a pretty well make-upped Jacob Marley, rattling his chains right at them. Scared the crap out of them. But with a little discussion (and distraction) before bed, we were able to talk through the fear of him. We moved on and one fewer thing in this world for them to be afraid of. Because, being honest again: As they grow there will be plenty of time and things for them to be afraid of. But if you let fear keep you from doing things, you'll never accomplish anything of greatness. Be game for whatever life has headed your way.
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