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The Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThis

The Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThis

The Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThis

 

There was a time when the idea of plopping my littles down in front of a pile of dirt and seed packets was inconceivable. Inevitably that dirt would have been snatched up by chubby little fingers and ingested with gusto. Those little packets? They would have been jiggled around vigorously like maracas- their contents flying all over the yard within seconds. I say this with all the certainty in the world because, of course, we all know that babies and gardening just don’t mix.

But that was then. Now, of course, not only is some time spent working in nature possible, it’s damn near necessary in this era of Vitamin-D deficiency. Spring is here, the sun is out- it’s time to get busy, and busy we were last week when we planted some seeds together in the backyard. Now I’m not talking any serious landscape design considerations or tree/hedge plantings here, just simple container gardening that any little this age can do.

I gave them each their own little galvanized steel buckets and we shared a community bag of dirt and a smattering of seeds. Then, using the skills they so conveniently picked up over the years at Benner’s Farm, we got to work planting sunflowers, organic cherokee purple tomatoes, organic romaine lettuce, organic melon, and organic peas. And how’d they do? Great! We got to laugh and talk and be outside on a beautiful sunny day, but most of all, they got to feel the sense of purpose that comes with working with your hands and a sense of ownership and pride in their own home in the process as well.

Gone may be the days of hyper vigilance and baby-proofing all of my most treasured worldly goods, but these days that’s been happily replaced with sharing. We share with them everything from stories about their families to household chores. We patiently/nervously stand by and let them pillage our closets and makeup drawers and commandeer our car radios. All in an effort to help them grow. The best things to share? Our hobbies and favorite physical pursuits.

Sometimes it’s rollerblading together, sometimes it’s a ball game with all the fixings. This time…it was gardening. I got to share with my cubs a favorite activity that is relatively new to me as well but that brings out the very best in me whenever I do it. And I think that’s because it feels so good, as a parent, to get a little of yourself back after motherhood has begun. Each new piece of the old you that you regain access to as your baby grows older feels like a little victory, doesn’t it? These recovered pursuits are reminders of who we are behind the mommy mask we wear around the clock- of the things that make us who we are, and the directions in which we’d like to head.

 

The Mama Bears Crafty Minimalistic Easter BasketsPinThis

The Mama Bears Crafty Minimalistic Easter BasketsPinThisThe Mama Bears Crafty Minimalistic Easter BasketsPinThisThe Mama Bears Crafty Minimalistic Easter BasketsPinThis

The Mama Bears Crafty Minimalistic Easter BasketsPinThis

The Mama Bears Crafty Minimalistic Easter BasketsPinThis

 

Raise your hand if just the thought alone of another holiday defined by sugar-induced mayhem makes you cringe.

If buckets full of chocolate covered everything and gummy/taffy/tarty whatever makes your stomach start to churn and produces beads of cold sweat then I’ll know that you and I are on the same page. Now I am by no means anti-candy. Not by a long shot. I’ll be the first one to enjoy a square of the most decadent chocolate bar I can get my hands on and I’ll never say no to two or three gummy worms, childhood favorites! But a few dozen? No. And washing them all down with a bucketful of every other candy store commodity too? No thank you.

Nor, as you may have noticed, am I anti-fun. Whether it’s riding scooters down the driveway with the kids, drawing on the windows with dry-erase crayons, or painting an entire wall in chalkboard paint so we can all doodle to our hearts content, you’ll never find me on the sidelines when it comes to fun and games. So when it comes to holidays I have to ask, aren’t they worth more than just a feverish pursuit of sugar highs and the ensuing blood sugar tantrums? Just when and how did the candy industry manage to pull the wool over our eyes and convince us that certain holiday celebrations are synonymous with little to no restraint and gorging yourself with enough candy to make your belly ache?

Where’s the fun in that?

These were the thoughts running through my mind as I perused the aisles at Michael’s and Target these last few weeks, surfing for tchotchkes for the kiddos’ Easter baskets. (Everyone knows what a tchotchke is right? If not, just ask your favorite nearby New Yorker!) Pushing my little red cart around, I gathered up pieces of fun in the form of felted sewing kits, seed growing kits, pocket volcano kits, mini coloring books, spring socks, and other bits of crafty active fun. To round out my little medley I threw in a few pieces of our favorite chocolates and some Amy’s bunny-shaped fruit snacks for good measure. (And, of course, to make every dentist everywhere wince!) Overall, the bauble to confection ratio was about 7:1. That is, 7 opportunities to actively grow their senses of creativity and exploration this spring for every 1 chance to absentmindedly scarf down a piece of candy. I have a feeling the fun will last a little longer this way too!

Happy Easter loves!