Holiday 2013 -- Embracing the World of Wonder

Dear Friends

I have a truly curious three-year-old — the kind of curious child who asks 'why' all day long. Her newest phase is, "Mom, can you tell me all about _______?" Take today, for example. While we were eating yogurt at breakfast, she asked how it was made. As we pulled into the gas station, she asked me to tell her all about gasoline. And when we were cooking and she poured our pasta into the boiling water, she asked if pasta was grown or if it came from an animal. I love it. Sure, sometimes I find myself wanting to find the simplest answer possible as I attempt to juggle her questions with the things that need to be done. Other times I realize how little I actually know and have to admit that I don't really know how oil becomes gasoline. But I do love explaining where our food originates, how it is processed or not processed in order for us to eat it, and how it makes it to our table. I find it such an honor that she is humble in her lack of knowledge and curious enough to always ask questions. Her curiosity is such a gift to me.

The holiday season is a beautiful time to embrace curiosity and wonder. Some families are bursting at the seams with traditions and old stories, while others are just beginning to create new traditions. Either way, it is a ripe environment for fostering a curious spirit. It is a privilege to get to play in the world of wonder and excitement. If we let ourselves play, I believe the enchantment and investigative spirit of our children's lives can be ours too. We can experience the holidays through a lens that is a bit more glimmering and alive. We always have two options: to engage the wonder of a child that resides in us or to silence it. I hope this holiday season you can wonder, imagine, and dream alongside your child.


Other Issues:
From our archives -- Offering Wisdom to New Moms

From our archives -- The Best Good Deed

From our archives -- Embracing the Wonder of Children

From our archives -- Encouraging children to live their bliss

From our archives

Winter 2013 -- Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving

Fall 2013 -- Finding Beauty in the Everyday Tasks

Late Summer 2013 - Taking Our Own Advice

Midsummer 2013 -- Appreciating Nature's Bounty

Early Summer 2013 -- Being Prepared

Late Spring 2013 -- Having Realistic Expectations

Spring 2013 -- Offering Mothering Wisdom

Early Spring 2013 -- Being True to Our Nature

Holiday 2012 -- Appreciate the Goodness

Winter 2012 -- Enjoying the Anticipation

Early Fall 2012 -- Looking Back to Appreciate Now

Summer 2012 -- Chinaberry's History & Future

Early Summer 2012 -- My Dad

Late Spring 2012 -- My Satisfying Yet Untraditional Upbringing

Spring 2012 - The Consequences of Our Actions

Early Spring 2012 - Learning From Experience

Winter 2011 - The Small Moments

Holiday 2011 - The Good Deed

Fall 2011 - Gratitude

Late Summer 2011 - Overwhelmed? You're Not Alone.

Midsummer 2011 - Louise's Gallery

Early Summer 2011 - Flying 101: Giving Them Wings

Late Spring 2011 - Letting Them Fail

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Midsummer 2009 - Give Your Kids the Gift of Boredom this Summer

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