Today is my first Father’s Day!
I am probably not the one to be giving any parenting advice as I am just a beginner on this wild adventure… However, this time of year has me reflecting, on my upbringing and the influential role my father played in my life. Here are a few core values and life lessons I would like to instil in my children as they grow and develop and I thought I might just share them with all of you today…
Firstly, it is unquestionably an enormous privilege to raise a child close to nature, being surrounded by wilderness and having Mother Nature to help guide the journey each day I am amazed at what I discover.
So to all the fathers out there, whether it be biological, adoptive, step, foster, grand or anyone standing in as a fatherly figure to any child out there, I guess this one’s for you (could also help some of the mom’s too):
In today’s day and age, it is all about being fast-paced and in a hurry. Use inspiration from the wild, slow down save your energy for what really matters and take the time to be with your kids, even just for a few minutes. They will only be young once, don’t miss out on these amazing moments. You can say no to the Parenting Rat-Race.
Let the children take the time to learn something, after all, it is new for them. Patience is something most people have to constantly work on. Take inspiration from nature. The unfurling of a flower takes time, a leopard hunting an impala takes time, and young lions learning to hunt takes time. Nothing is rushed in the wilderness.
Life is unpredictable and ever-changing. Your children will continually grow and develop as they move through life and who better to help teach us to embrace the change than Mother nature. Change is natural, normal and necessary for growth into an adult. Embrace each change and enjoy being there for the ride so you are able to help guide them through a world of uncertainty.
Parenthood is not easy and sometimes it requires a little bit of gritting one’s teeth and getting on with it. The wild is a tough place and only the toughest survive, use this motivation to help you through the hard times.
Teach your children to be generous. Nature has so much to give. From the water we drink to the air we breathe, nature is continually giving and never expects anything in return. Be generous with your or your children’s time, talents or interests. We all have something to give.
Never Stop Growing
Growth is the heartbeat of Mother Nature. We grow from babies into adults and even as an adult we continue to grow. Never be afraid to learn something new, encourage your children to always try to learn something new and better themselves.
Don’t Forget to Play!
By far the most important of them all is to play and have fun. Play is a vital part of everything in nature, it isn’t just for fun, but a valuable way in which children learn. And in saying this I couldn’t imagine a better way in order to celebrate Father’s day than watching the Talamati Pride having the absolute best time playing in Sand River.
Enjoy this Week’s Virtual Safari… Happy father’s day to all…
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