The past couple of weeks when we go to the playground, the slide and swings hold little attraction for Sun. It’s all about the sticks. From twigs to massive branches, if they are there then Sun will hunt them down and run around waving them about in a dangerous manner. I spend my time swiftly following him, Shine bobbing along in the sling, urging him to be careful. In fact, ‘be careful’ is definitely my most used phrase these days. Hmmm, think that’s telling me something right there.
My forays into the world of child behaviour tell me he is simply displaying a trajectory schema. I much prefer this to the thought that he is developing a penchant for violence at an early age!
So in order for me to help him follow his schema I took him to the woods near our house this week and let him spend a couple of hours collecting up sticks to his heart’s content. He was in stick heaven and I was happy there were no other little people to protect from potential stick injuries.
He swished and swept the ground with little twigs pretending to mow the lawn and clean the streets. He swung round big sticks pretending they were tennis rackets and golf clubs. He made big piles and pretended to have bon fires and toast marshmallows. It was brilliant. All the while Shine and I looked on bemused and cheering him forward to create more and more scenarios.
Being a child is so much fun and play is so important. Can’t wait to see what schema takes Sun’s fancy next. Hope it is a little less dangerous in its manifestation though!