I've had a couple projects as of late that have needed buttons. I have multiple jars of miscellaneous buttons and finding buttons used to be an activity I enjoyed. But now, the time when both kids are sleeping is very fleeting. Spending an hour sifting through hundreds of buttons didn't seem like the best use of time given there's laundry, dishes and the like needing attention too. Night after night went by and I just hadn't gotten those buttons out.
The other day I had an epiphany. Why was I wanting for them to sleep to check it off my list? Wouldn't they enjoy it too? I've let them play with my buttons before. Why did I forget that?
Sometimes I get so focused sometimes on the end goal that I forget how marvelous the process is for new learners. Of course they'd enjoy organizing buttons! And likely they'd enjoy other items on my to do list. Sure, I try to involve them in as much as possible, but sometimes it's so tempting to get things done quickly while they sleep. It takes half the time, as you can imagine, doing things alone. But, you know what's magical? It was a task I needed to check off my list. But when I slow myself down and do such a task with the kids, I end up enjoying the process as well as the result.
End result? I narrowed my selection. And did so with a smile, in good company. A win all around.
here.). Real learning really is the best type of learning, let us not forget.