Tonight, I read Let’s Go Home, Little Bear by Martin Waddel to my daughters. Big Bear and Little Bear are on a walk in the snow in the forest, when Big Bear decides it is time to go home. Little Bear starts off very confident, frolicking through the snow, but then he begins to hear strange sounds that cause him a bit of anxiety. Big Bear reassures Little Bear by explaining to him that what he is hearing is just the sounds of the forest: snow from a tree plopping to the ground, water dripping from icicles, etc. All the while patiently guiding Little Bear home.
I like this book because it reminds me to be patient with my children. It reminds me that the world is new, and sometimes scary to them, and I need to reassure them that they are safe. I must guide my children slowly and patiently.
My daughters seem to get the message that their parents will protect them. We will be watching over them as they frolic along in front of us, and we will explain the world around them when they are scared, anxious, and confused.