My younger son is quite determined to take years off my life by climbing. Anything and everything! His current favorite is trees.
This has resulted in some very good discussions on risk assessment. In particular, checking what is below him. Certain trees are now off limits, as rocks would break his fall! Or more likely, break him.
To be fair, he is quite sensible, quite skilled at climbing and starting to think through the potential consequences of what and where he is climbing. Most of the time.
And, while he wants to climb the tallest trees, his mother is more comfortable with the shortest ones!
Most of the time, we compromise somewhere in the middle.
And, as it means he will happily spend hours in the garden, all the better. He climbs, looks for bugs, hides in the rhododendrons, makes things, plays in the mid kitchen. Which is exactly what he should be doing.
Even if it takes years off my life when I find him at the top of another tree.
I began these ‘Snapshots’ posts over the summer, when my days were too busy having fun with my kids to spend time writing about the fun we were having. They are a way for me to record the moments, but not feel obliged to write War and Peace. Capture the days as they happen. No SEO, no pinnable images, no stress. So, I’m going to continue to write them, and keep those moments from running away.