Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Learning lessons through weeds

I love weeds. Didn't used to, but now they are my friend.

You see, weeds provide a wonderful learning experience for children. When you are looking for a very practical way to provide a repair, which doesn't consequence YOU ... pulling weeds fits the bill. They are outside. Sunshine. Hands in dirt. Being active. Making a space look and function better. All good stuff. Even if they do a lousy job!

Yes, yes, some of our more hurting kids. That's okay. Make sure it's a place where it doesn't really matter (my fence line, where there are TONS of weeds and very little grass ... not a big deal if it gets scalped).

Pulling weeds is a great way to earn some money to pay for things that are damaged or stolen. When the job is done, I can walk out and thank my child, sincerely, because my workload has been decreased. It is a gift to me. A true repair. A very practical way to pay off damage.

There is a beautiful object lesson. Weeds overtake grass and hog all the good that grass needs to grow - sunlight and water. Growing weeds is easy (hurting others and listening to/reacting on hurting beliefs inside is EASY). Maintaining grass or a garden is hard work (turning hurting beliefs into healing beliefs is HARD!). Yet, when that grass or those flowers begin to flourish ... my, oh my, we can certainly see how the work is worth the effort.


(photo by Sky 24)

8 comments:

Lorraine said...

That's a great suggestion. I think even my little one with pysical disabilities and rad could handle that. Thanks

Brenda said...

I take my kids to the church, the Y, the residential home and have them do "community service".

Dia por Dia said...

I loved this post! Beautifully said and done! BTW I awarded you the lemonade award.

Kim said...

My mom must have told you about this one :) She used to punish us by requiring us to help her in the gardens ... which I HATED. She said it was great because you're out there together working and at some point, conversation happens and that it was a great way to get to know us. Sneaky.

BTW, I'm currently reading 'The Strong-Willed Child'. I'm enjoying Dobson's writings about the will vs. the spirit and how to bring the will under control, but I don't agree with spanking ... even for what he calls 'willful defiance', although I do acknowledge that that type of outright misbehaviour needs to be curbed IMMEDIATELY. Any suggestions? (I feel so silly asking that, since my daughter's only 9 months old ... but yeah. I can tell there will be battles ahead and I want to have a few tricks at my disposal for when they start happening so I'm not taken off guard!)

Christine said...

Kim, Love & Logic has a smaller book that is just for ages 2-6 (something like "The Early Years" ... maybe? I can't remember!). It was a great resource for me in the earlier days. I read everything I could get my hands on, but that book really helped me with my mindset, etc.

Sara said...

love it. very great lesson.

Kim said...

Awesome - thanks! I'll look into it :)

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