Give Yourself the Childhood You Deserve

Yours Truly

Childhood
What is it meant to be?
Innocence
Trust
Falling in love with the ones who love you the most
Exploring and Discovering
Mimicking and Learning
Feeling proud and excited about every accomplishment
Being silly and sharing laughter
Feeling optimistic, like ‘the world is your oyster’
Spending time every day simply enjoying motion, sounds, sights and textures
Having a friend or sibling to play with

When you’ve not had the childhood you needed, it can be healing to start giving it to yourself today.
As much as you are able, allow yourself to be the happy child now that you wanted to be then.
It’s not only a great way to enhance your healing – it’s also a way to discover who you are.
Try it.  Please share some of your own ideas.  I’ll share some I have done.

1. Splash in a creek and throw rocks in the water.
2. Get out the pots and pans and other kitchen stuff to make music.
3. Make paper airplanes and other paper toys.
4. Fling jello onto the wall to see if it sticks.
5. Skate around the floor on socks to some favorite music.
6. Pick wildflowers (weeds) and put them in a little vase or glass.
7. Make lots of fun sound effects when you’re driving.
8. Make a fort and read a book inside it by flashlight.
9. Squish mud between your toes.
10. Run a stick against a fence and feel the clickety-clack.

That was fun just listing ideas.  Here are some more ideas:
1. Put a straw in a glass of milk and blow bubbles.
2. Display your artwork on the fridge.
3. When you make a list, instead of checking things off, give yourself shiny foil stars.
4. Shoot rubberbands to your heart’s content.
5. Sprout a bean in a little cup of dirt.
6. Walk backwards to the mailbox.

While allowing yourself to be the child you wanted to be, you’ll also be the parent you needed. Rejoice with your child inside.  Praise every little step of life. 

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