Sooo…. Your child goes into your backyard and picks all the petals off of the flowers… How do you react? Get mad and give him a time out? Teach him that picking the petals off hurts the flowers? Or make a Flower Petal Pool Party!! Obviously I also taught him not to pick the petals and that if he really feels the urge to touch them that he has permission to just tickle them (that was actually his idea to teach his little sister how to touch the flowers when they first appeared in the spring – So cute). Then we had a Flower Petal Pool Party! (haha, I accidentally typed poop instead of pool – that would have been horrible!).
Little Parenting Tip I Have Learned: Although I find this hard most of the time I really do try to make the best out of every situation. And this doesn’t always happen… Sometimes my anger gets the best of me, they get timeouts, they get things taken away, but most of the time we try to move past a problem, learn from it and then have some fun. I recently heard this quote “Discipline Hard but Love Harder”. And it really resonated with me. I don’t like to let my kiddos get away with misbehaviour at all, but it’s also about picking your battles. In this case of picking the petals I decided to love! And I have found that taking the time to love my child is what works best for him. It may not work with all children, but this is how he better responds.
So the Flower Petal Pool Party happened (not a Flower Petal Poop Party – haha)!
Another thing that I learned from this experience was to not let them eat graham crackers in the pool, unless you want to have a Cracker Flower Petal Pool Party! The crackers dissolved instantly when they hit the water and that was the end of that.
Thanks so much for joining us on our blogging journey. I’d love to hear from you if you have any other flower petal parenting hacks. Until next time, Enjoy the little people around you, and have fun creating!