Weeds are a State of Mind (Oh, and we're LEGAL!)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The inspector signed off today on the legalization permit! Permit will be closed & signed off by tomorrow. All that stress is now a thing of the past. I'm so glad that is over! Now, we're hoping to get the floorboards & last two walls & ceiling painted in our bedroom over the next couple of weekends.

I've been experiencing new challenges to parenthood lately. For example, it is so hard for me to remain calm when Samuel picks flowers from the garden, or when he sat on one of my bleeding hearts today, crushing half of it. When we are out in the yard, he walks through the garden, crushing new shoots & buds. He doesn't walk around--he just walks! He doesn't mean any harm, of course, but he still needs to realize that certain things, like garden plants, must be treated with respect. I don't want to send the message that the garden is off limits, because I want to encourage an interest in plants & nature, but in doing that, I have to teach him to respect & be gentle with the plants. What's hard is that he doesn't know the difference between picking flowers from the garden & dandy-lions from the yard. It is definitely a challenge for me in more ways than one. If anyone has suggestions that might be helpful in this situation for a 14 month old, let me know! Sigh! I took the above picture, and shortly afterwards, Samuel started picking buds off. I've taught him that the indoor plants are off-limits to anything but gentle touching--if I could only teach him that the same rule applies for outdoor plants.

Another confusing aspect for Samuel that I just thought of is that he watches me pulling weeds from the garden. He probably thinks he is helping by pulling out the plants we actually WANT in our garden. Landon says weeds are a state of mind. how do I get Samuel to understand the difference between a WEED and an acceptable garden plant?

Karli

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