Daily Archives: June 20, 2011

6.20.11 Parenting the Day Creatively

This morning, at the sound of my shower shutting off, I heard my two-year-old girl’s feet pitter-patter to the bathroom to hand me my towel. It’s a ritual and rhythm she’s come to count on. “Shave-n-shower time” comes after “Read-on-the-chaise time” – our first-thing-in-the-morning rhythm. As I dried off and dressed, I burst into a monologue to her about how each day grows.

How at dawn a new day is born, how the early morning is a toddler. And how in the morning, too, we can be wide open like a toddler to the day’s possibility with more anticipation and less expectation.

She smiled wide and humored me, nodded and said, “Yep.”

And so the day flows and grows.  How to come to each one with less expectation and more anticipation? How to guide it and nurture it with intention and care but ultimately let it grow up to become whatever this one day must become?

And then this afternoon, following my last client appointment, I jaunted to the library to pick up a book on hold for me, Simplicity Parenting. This evening, while my daughter darted around the side yard and played with grass blades and gravel, I stole a few minutes of reading the introduction. Snippets:

“To have moments of calm – creative or restful – is a form of deep sustenance for human beings of all ages. Relationships are often built in these pauses, in the incidental moments, when nothing much is going/on….A more rhythmic daily life establishes beachheads, small islands of calm and predictability in the flow of time.”

Those simple dictums – to establish daily rhythms – offer guide lights for parenting a child, parenting a day, parenting your best creative self.

Well, as the day grows old and prepares for its final hours, what three good things might you say of it? What were your day’s three highlights? Share them below – and let us know where you’re writing from.

See you in the woods,
The 3 Highlights Guy