In many ways we’re pragmatic parents. Our approach to forming a strong, kind and caring human being is to have frank (without creating fear) discussions about the world around us, and the people who inhabit it. Although Hendrix worked out for himself reasonably early that Santa and the Easter Bunny were made up, I like to think that his childhood still has had moments when he’s been filled with a sense of wonder and awe at our world.
For instance, he got specially crafted notes along with his 50 cents from the tooth fairy. The notes were wrapped around brand new tooth brushes and encouraged him to keep brushing his teeth. Like my sisters and I did, he’s painted pet rocks and woke up to find they’d move ever so slightly every night while he slept.
We always stop to be inspired by full moons and rainbows – and usually unsuccessfully photograph them as well. Hendrix is intrigued with science and he’ll often explain a natural phenomena to me on the way home from school – this week it’s been clouds and hail! On the other hand we also discussed Hitler this week, and awe was replaced with incredulity in this discussion.
But this morning I read about some awesome parents who created ‘Dinovember’ in order to encourage their children to find awe and wonder in the world. And it got me thinking. What else could we be doing for Hendrix to make him simply amazed at the world?
While there’s lots that can be done daily to create wonder for kids (big kids included!) I think travel and holidays naturally lend themselves to the real jaw dropping eye openers. I’m thinking about things like a local village tour in Fiji, a visit to the Ngilgi caves in Dunsborough, or a visit to any rock pool at any beach in this stunning part of the world we inhabit!
They say it ‘takes a village’ to raise a child. Maybe it takes a whole world of wonder to make the world a better place? What are your tips for wonderful places to visit and awesome things to do with your children?
Jacqi has become part of the furniture at WorldMark South Pacific Club over the last nearly 10 years. She has worked in various teams, including Customer Service, Systems and Owner Marketing & Solutions. “Being involved with WorldMark has inspired me to take regular family holidays, and I look forward to sharing these experiences with you, including some of the tips I’ve learned along the way”