Captures from our playgroup spring festival. Such a beautiful morning, spent making flower garlands and a spring story, bread making and songs that are our usual playgroup rhythm.
As we worked and the children played, Ebba (our playgroup leader) explained the importance of the whole family and all its members, as opposed to the child being the sole focus. She explained that it was important for our children to see that we too as parents 'receive' and are not just the 'givers'. For this reason both mother and child today received a beautiful butterfly from the spring tree.
A parents we are constantly giving to our children. Of course this is a wonderful thing, however often we give to avoid conflict or challenging behaviour. I know I do sometimes, even if it is not ideal. I like what Ebba is suggesting. Letting our children see that we as parents are individuals who also need nourishment - whether it be receiving a gift, some time to ourselves or eating our own meal (without someone taking the best bit!). They will respect us all the more for it.