Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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The imagination of a child

It’s an amazing thing to have a conversation with a 2, 3, 4 or 5 year old. Their imaginations at that age to me are so fascinating. I wonder what happens as we age because adults don’t seem to have quite the same free and innocent imagination as a child.

Caelum has started ‘pretending’ this week. It’s interesting because Lyra didn’t do this until she was probably 2 or at least closer to it. Caelum is barely 17 months old. It first happened when he wanted to eat and my husband and I didn’t want to get up so we ‘pretended’ to hand him some food like we were currently doing with Lyra and he pretended to eat it and said “mmmm”.

Since then he is pretending to eat lots of thing, he had a pretend tea party with us and he pretends to wash his hands in the play kitchen. It’s wonderful watching them become themselves.

What ways can I be sure to foster that imagination for as long as I can?

Well I’ve some thoughts….

  • PLAY PLAY PLAY- (ancient Hebrew language had a technique to place emphasis on a word by repeating it more than once)
  • Try not to be in a hurry all the time. Don’t rush them but let them explore and have time to soak things in
  • Get on their level and pretend with them
  • Enjoy the little things like laughing and playing or believing in Santa.
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