Each park in our city has a playground and oftentimes a water feature. A block from our house is our park, and it has a wading pool right in the middle. When my kids were younger, my favorite summer activity was walking with them down to the little wading pool.
I used to be the mom who would overpack multiple bags with all the supplies needed for an outing with little kids. I would also do tons of research to know which were the best playgrounds and water parks in our area to ensure that my kids would have the best time. All of it required an extraordinary amount of effort and energy.
But in the years since, I have learned something: there is something so freeing and authentic about releasing the expectations of the “best” and the “most” when it comes to what we provide for our kids. How do we determine what is best? Or the most necessary?