I am beyond grateful for the magic that my parents, especially my mother, made for my sisters and I. Memories of chasing fairies, searching for leprechauns, and reading about dragons are still fresh in my mind. I remember the magic of holidays, and the everyday magic in between. I only hope that I can give my little ones the same magical experience that I had growing up. I know that not all children are so lucky. It is our job, however, as parents and caregivers to make sure that enough of the magic stays alive to create wonder and curiosity in our children’s minds.
I know that I want my children to believe in magic. I think that without magic, childhood isn’t what it is supposed to be. If I had one thing to give every child in the world, it would be magic. The look in my children’s eyes when they are in the midst of a magic moment is unforgettable.
Children see magic because they look for it.Christopher Moore
If you had a magical childhood, then CONGRATULATIONS! You are probably a magical and mindful parent already. If you can look back at your childhood and remember some of the feelings of magic and wonder, then you can focus on bringing them into your child’s life. I can still remember believing in dragons, unicorns, and Santa. It was all so real for me. That makes it so simple for me to keep my children rolling in the magic. It is possible for parents to bring that magic to their own children, even if they didn’t get to enjoy it in their own childhood.
Things you can do daily to make your children’s lives wonderfully and magnificently magical:
- Read books with them everyday. (Our bedtime routine always involves books. )
- Ask your children what things they believe in. Fairies, dragons, wizards? And then make them elaborate. Make them use their imagination to explain these things to you.( I always ask my children what they think a real fairy looks like; size, characteristics, languages that they speak.)It grows their imagination.
- Build a fairy garden. It is so simple. Check back here in the future for “How to Make a Fairy Garden”
- Make elaborate holiday stories and traditions. For example, we look for Leprechauns down by the river during St. Patty’s week. And at Christmas we go all out with stories and traditions.
- Collect magic crystals and rocks. (We have a stash of magic stones that we use for everything from bad dreams to boo-boos. )If they believe it works, that’s all that matters.
- Tell them stories of magical things that happened when you were a kid. Tell them you once saw the tooth fairy, or heard Santa up on the roof.
- Let them play. Just sit and watch their big imaginations at play.
- Lay out on a summer night and watch the stars. Ask them what they think is out there, or what the stars really are.
- Watch the clouds and look for shapes and animals. Kids will always come up with the most amazing cloud discoveries.
- As they get older, tell them that it is okay to sit and do nothing under a tree. Or to take a walk by the river in silence. They don’t always have to be DOING something. Sitting quietly will help them see the magic that they may be starting to lose sight of as they grow from child to teen to adult.
If you already do all of these steps, then good job on being an awesome parent! If you need a little inspiration, then great! You are still an awesome parent! Just remember, their childhood magic is partly your responsibility to manifest, and partly their own imagination’s.
Below is a link to the fairy garden that we started with. We have also added a ton of our own touches. It is also easy to make one from things you have around the house.
Have a Magically Mindful Day
P.S. Thanks Mom for all of the magic.