I'm the always-busy-often-stressed-sometimes-distracted-put-the-kids-in-a-million-activities-and-still-worry-incessantly mom. Don't worry, though, I'm working on it. I'm cutting out diet soda, sleeping more, and working hard to just be present for them. Eventually--probably just about the time Stow is heading off to college--I fully intend to get my act together.
Fortunately for the kids (and for me -- who am I kidding), Ren has a pretty laid back style of parenting that, when I step back and just let him do his thing, is extremely effective. (Funny how these things just seem to work out.)
Ren upped the ante on his "natural" parenting style this summer, and as a result, the kids have spent a lot of time enjoying each other and the outdoors.
It started this past spring when Ren put up a series of bird feeders in the back yard. I was skeptical.
But the feeders led to a lot of this:
Which led to this:
|Pink's bird watching journal.|
Next, Ren decided to plant a garden. One day I came home to find these:
|20+ rose bushes waiting to be planted|
Eventually, I figured out how to chill out and just let Ren do his thing.
|Ren's garden not long after he planted it.|
|The first (teeny tiny) strawberry.|
|The garden in full bloom.|
|Tomatoes and a rose bush (plus a couple of corn stalks the kids planted at camp.|
|Japanese nasubi (eggplant)|
I admit, I had NO idea the kids would love the garden this much. They monitor the growth of the vegetables and fruit, help water the garden, and pick fresh vegetables every day. And, since they never seem to tire of any of these tasks, they're outside a lot!
Of course, the other benefit of planting a garden is the loads and loads of fresh fruits and (mostly) vegetables we've harvested this summer.
|Veggies from the garden.|
|We have A LOT of eggplant!|
|Miso nasubi stir fry.|
|Miso soup with nasubi and enoki|
Next summer, Ren wants to add corn, cucumbers, and celery. I'm hoping for a few fewer nasubi and tomato plants, but I've learned to step back and just let Ren do what Ren does. The results are pretty amazing!