So this past weekend was Yom Kippur and not only was it a chance for my kids and I to reflect on the past year and ask forgiveness from a higher power- but it was also an opportunity for us to try and reassess our current lives and see where and how we could make improvements as individuals and as a family.
One thing I took away from a day spent without a LICK of technology- a day immersed in reading ancient texts and absorbing the stillness no screen time provided our family- was just how lovely it was to have silence and a break from outside noise. With no technology to keep ourselves busy we broke out the old-fashioned playing cards. And after playing, GO FISH, SPIT and WAR my son grabbed a sheet of paper and began to regale me with the endless ways one could play with said piece of paper, or as he referred to it an, “ordinary object”.
The crazy part is that I looked at him and said, “Really what can you do with a piece of paper.” He looked at me and said. “Mommy, I can make so many things. Can you take a video of me showing you what I can do with ORDINARY OBJECTS?” So of course, I whipped out my camera ( I can't ever say no to getting video of my kid that I can pour over when he's 35 and he doesn't answer my phone calls) and we started to tape. Keep watching below!
So what did I learn from this experience?
Kids can make a game out of anything. In other words, us parents don't need to fall all over ourselves trying to keep our kids busy– if left to their own devices and imaginations with just a piece of paper, a plastic spoon and a paper towel roll- the possibilities of what they can create and pursue are ENDLESS.