I’ve talked before about how I believe that kids are born with many of the skills they need to thrive as an adult, like creativity, imagination, connecting the dots (pattern recognition), critical thinking (asking why), and many others. In my opinion, much of our work as parents is just keeping them from having these skills trained out of them!
This podcast is with my youngest little one, whose name I try to avoid using so she will have the choice one day to be online and on social media or not. Surprise surprise… she chose her favorite princess name “Elsa” for her big debut. 🙂
Before we jump into her take on imaginary friends and unicorns, I also share some aspects of our family culture in a little bit more structured way. Everything I touch on stems from our family manifesto:
In our home, we create a place of love, order, happiness, calm, harmony, and adventure;
To help each of us work toward our purpose, mastery of self, and goals;
So that we can create positive change in the world.
While half the fun is just how darn cute she is, our chat should give you insight into our family culture. As the youngest, she’s gotten the benefit of what we’ve learned about health and parenting and education along the way.
Episode Highlights: Family Culture (From My 5-Year-Old’s Perspective)
- Our favorite family sayings (like “I can do hard things”)
- The parenting rules that have shaped our family culture, and how we came to adopt them
- How to build movement and physical challenge into daily life
- One thing I don’t try to influence when it comes to my kids
- What a typical day in our home is like
- My 5-year-old’s opinion on “school”
- Her favorite activities/part of the day
- Our family pets
- What she likes best about our family, and what she would change
- A tour of our backyard
- And more cuteness!!
Resources Elsa & I Mention 🙂
- Gymnastics Mat
- Hang Board for Doorway
- Our Backyard Equipment
- Our DIY Treehouse
- Favorite TED Talks for Moms, Kids & Family
- 6 Favorite Practical Homeschool Resources (My Kids Love)
- Magic Spoon Cereal
- How to Improve the Vestibular System with Sensory Swings & Activities
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