When I’m not overwhelmed by the task of raising a soon-to-be-TWEEN into a productive member of society I can step back and see how all I ever needed to know about life Ive learned from this rearing process.
Yes, roots and wings.
Indeed, playful parenting is the way to go.
Those three notions, however, are ones I’d sorta known before.
Concepts about which we all possess a vague sense of awareness—parents or not— just by virtue of life experiences.
- Roots and wings? Helpful in dog rearing. Puppies start off *always* on lead & we work toward the sweet sweet freedom of off-lead trail ambling.
(mama, may I go off-lead yet??)
- Practicing what we wanna preach? No one likes a lecture. This is a helpful tool with friends, family and co-workers.
(life is about finding balance)
- Playful living? Beats the hell out of an uber-serious life. Laughter is good!
(she leads. I follow.)
There *is* one concept parenting has taught me which I’m uncertain Id ever have learned otherwise.
The concept of BEGET.
It’s a word I knew — thank you Shakespeare classes in college–yet one I’d not used in conversation until our daughter.
I’d no inkling, for example, with children SLEEP begets SLEEP.
It felt counter-intuitive—until I saw it played out repeatedly.
The more sleep our daughter got the more easily and happily she slept.
Since learning that I’ve applied the notion of BEGET’ing to myriad facets of my grown-up life.
(one slather BEGETS more.)
I use BEGET (waitforit) on the reg yet was shocked when I saw a friend apply it to her life.
She left a beautiful comment on a guest post.
A raw share which took my breath away immediately made me want to let her know how grateful I was for her honesty:
@carla_birnberg courage begets courage
— Thea Rudland (@ItsMeVsMe) May 24, 2014
Her response surprised me.
In the same way the child’s jaw would literally drop when she’d burst into song and I’d chime right in.
She’d say incredulously:
You know Jingle Bells too?!?
My first reaction at spying her tweet was:
You say BEGET, too??
I mulled over her choice of courage begets courage.
I journaled all the varieties of positive BEGET’ing in my life.
This process, as per usual, led me to wonder about you.
Do you beget?
- What healthy habits have you discovered gain momentum once started?
- Have you found doing what you can when you can BEGETS *more* healthy living?