'Horses' was something I really wanted to give my kids. I have spent hours leading them around on the pony when they were really little, showing them how to groom them, saddle them up, tie a 'quick - release' knot and mix feed. I have been waiting for the interest to blossom into an passion and was a little disappointed when that didn't seem to be happening. Sure, they love their scooters, their flippers, their minecraft - and I guess I really wanted them to love horses! Yes, I had an agenda!
Well, yesterday it all fell into place...."Let's go for a ride" say I and off trotted (!) Flex up to the top paddock where he caught, tied up and groomed Jester and Max all by himself! All the knowledge he had absorbed over the last nearly 9 years came together. We then proceeded to ride for a couple of hours happily, competently, asking for assistance when it was required and as Flex said 'enjoying the view' from the top of a horse! We reached our destination by the river and then took the two hot horsies for a much appreciated splash in the water. Super fun!
I guess my point is, don't despair if you feel like your kids are not 'getting' what you are showing them. They store up all the information they are exposed to and learning they do, and unpack it to use when the time is right.....for them. It's no different for adults really! We can be shown/told/taught stuff over and over again and only really incorporate it into our lives when it becomes relevant. This is how we learn in real life. So don't despair if you feel your kids (or husband/friend/mother/self) aren't where they are 'supposed' to be. Keep your enthusiasm up, keep the learning flowing through your life and everything else will work itself out.