When soldiers deploy they take a kit bag. A kit bag holds all of the things they need to take care of themselves for the period of time they’re deployed. For instance, it may hold a razor and some shaving cream or some parachute cord and 100 mile an hour tape (you’d be amazed at what you can do with that stuff). The idea is that if you have your kit bag packed right, you can meet your needs for a long period of time. The other day, I was thinking about the part of parenting where we pack our children’s kit bag with the things they’ll need as they grow. When I was little, my mom made me memorize two things; the alphabet backwards and the Lord’s Prayer.
“Why mom?” I asked.
“Because that’s what my mom made me do.” she replied.
Mom continued “Just do it Dianna, it will come in handy, I promise.”
Sure enough, as I was older, I’ve found occasions to reach into my kit bag many times and use both of those things; albeit under different circumstances. The first proved to be quite the party trick and occasionally helped me win a free beer at the local pub, and the latter gave me great comfort when I was on the receiving end of SCUD attacks during Desert Storm. Of course there are a lot of other things mom packed in my kit bag and I reach for those things often. Recently I have decided to purposely pack my boys kit bag in the same way my mom packed mine.
It may sound silly but I know they will reach into their bag for the same reasons I reach into mine; to help make decisions, solve problems, and manage difficulties. So consider four or five things you want your children to carry with them and start packing. Life may be short but it is the longest thing any of us will ever experience. We may as well have what we need for the trip packed as early as possible!
I’m going to start up a “Tip for the Day” at the end of my blogs. I hope you find them useful. If you have one you’d like to share please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cool Parenting Tip for the Day: I was at a book club last night and a mom there, Kristen, told me that every year on her children’s birthdays she asks them a set of questions that have stayed standard over the years. Simple questions like “What job would you like to have when you grow up” or “What would you do if you were President”. She said she records their answers in a book that has become a great treasure for her kids. I’ll bet it’s a great treasure for her too!