Occupy Blogosphere 32

A wise friend once told me that my children wouldn’t care if their pyjamas had been ironed, (or not!) But memories of the fun times that we’d shared together would remain with them forever.

So, for my shot of positivity this Thursday, I’m passing on that sound advice, with a little help from Growing A Jeweled Rose’s Facebook page.

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or nurturing you own inner child, make time in your busy life for play. πŸ™‚


The Occupy Blogosphere movement was started by Amy, author of Souldipper’s Blog, to light up the Blogosphere with a shot of positive energy, each week. To read her most recent post ~ and for more information on how to join in, please click here: http:souldipper.wordpress.com


14 thoughts on “Occupy Blogosphere 32

  1. I grew up in the Welsh countryside, Becca, so spent a lot of time playing outdoors,with our animals. But I remember cosy winter evenings, playing games with my parents indoors. My Dad used to start making up a story, then I would carry it on. Clearly this is where my love of writing originated ~ I so often bless him for that! πŸ™‚

  2. Thank you for a great picture, made me think… did my parents do any that… no but I did with mine. I remember ‘pizza picnics’ in the living room on the floor watching Top of the Pops on a Friday night… good times πŸ™‚

    1. Hi, Claire, what a blast from the past! TOTP is no more 😦 I don’t think parents focused on children’s ‘needs’ so much when I was growing up (or even when I was a young mother) as they do now. Yet we had fun, innocent and spontaneous. Parenting seems to have become a business, littered with conflicting ‘how~to’ manuals, which have made it very stressy for the parents. Throw the lot away and play, that’s the sort of ‘stimulation’ all kids thrive on! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Debra. I’ve just realised how much grandmotherhood has freed up the child in me! Children view life without the filters that later cloud our minds and halt our natural impulses. I’m just re~discovering mine! πŸ™‚

  3. That message is GREAT advice for parents, teachers, aunts, undles, grandparents. Life should be more than a series of stressful moments strung together ad infinitum. Life should be a joyous journey of adventure and discovery.

  4. When friends talk about their cherished childhood moments, it’s not about exotic trips, expensive toys or charge cards. It’s about how parents made them feel, in some extraordinary way, in the midst of an ordinary day. Your message says it all!

    So, Jacqueline, you and I both grew up in nature with animal friends. Hmmmm…I knew there was some special connection!

    1. Thank you, Amy, for making that point. I have seen so many discarded expensive plastic toys littering friend’s houses, while the children are fascinated by something small and cheap or free! An insect, or a pebble or blowing bubbles! An ordinary conversation or a story that informs and excites.

      I do believe that you and I share the connection you mention ~ my step~father was a Veterinary Surgeon and, looking back, my childhood was idyllic in many ways, although at the time I often felt lonely. But I have so many wonderful memories, that I choose to focus on and from which I draw inspiration. I think I’m going to write about that in more depth. So thank you for sparking off that train of thought, my friend! πŸ™‚

  5. This is a great reminder! Seems the older I get, the more I need to be reminded. When I was a kid I couldn’t wait to grow up and be an “adult” and now that I’m grown up, I miss being a kid! πŸ˜‰

    1. It’s easy to get distracted by ‘important’ grown~up issues, Corina, and miss the joy in life. Being able to play, experiment and have things not work out is fun and a great learning experience for children and and so~called ‘adults’ alike. Thank you for pointing out the irony of wanting to be something other than what you are ~ grandmotherhood is allowing me to go back to childhood ways! πŸ™‚

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