Whose Palm Frond is it Anyway?
In playgrounds across the country it is common to hear caregivers singing: Be nice…You have to share…Good job…
Over the weekend I was reflecting on how much my friends and I have learned to intervene and involve ourselves in our children’s play as a demonstration of what we have come to think of as good parenting — very much unlike our own parents, who seemed to never be clued in to our own childhood playtime.
In the video below, I realized I had to make an effort to bite my tongue as I filmed my daughter and another young boy go a bit of back and forth regarding the ownership of an errant palm frond. Watch:
Note how peaceful the situation was resolved without any guidance from me — and I imagine what they learned for themselves through this interaction.
Do you intervene and/or problem solve for your children as they play? Why or why not?