A perfect five-year-olds holiday – I hope their parent’s vacation plans matched up to their child’s expectation. (note child’s spelling as written)
- playing at the beach
- going to Maine
- swimming in the pool
- going to McDonalds
- going to Singapores
- going on an airplane
- going to Bali
- going to hawwloeen
- going to holland and the snow
- going shipping to put food in the hotel refrigerator
- going home ot see my family
- playing in the sand
I found a random sheet of these words in a file while looking for a “tax” sheet of paper. It took me right back to my teaching job in Indonesia many years ago. I wish I had put each child’s name on their statement to help with my memory. I do recall asking them ‘What are you looking forward to doing this vacation?”
Now is the perfect time to capture your child’s memory of their recent holiday. I’d ask them three simple questions:
- If we were able to “re-do” one thing again in the vacation, what would you like to experience again?
- Since food, smells or sights help us remember the memories, what item do you remember the most about our past vacation?
- What emotion would you put on that memory?
I am always sad when I go into a classroom and see – “My favorite…” or “The best part of my vacation was…”
I think adults often want the kids to be happy and express emotions that they find enjoyable. So putting the label as ‘best or favorite’ only allows the child to feel it is possible to be ‘good’ or have ‘happy’ thoughts. What happens if this past vacation wasn’t that way. What happens if some other emotion is how the child feels about the events?
Remember to be a whole person we need to experience the highs and lows and learn how to deal with them at a young age.
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