Now, I have nothing against wolves. They are magnificent creatures. And I certainly do not want to perpetuate a negative stereotype about them. It’s just that my children and I adore the book Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear in which a little girl’s sister wakes up in quite a funk and she tries everything she can think of to cheer her up.
I won’t say who but a certain member of my household woke up in a wolfish mood the other day. Blame it on the time change or any number of reasons. It doesn’t really matter. There was a frown on his face and a growl in his voice and everyone else remained a safe distance away.
It happens to all of us. We wake up, get out of bed, and already everything seems off. It’s hard to get going. We just want to go back to bed and be left alone. Or sometimes our day is going smoothly and all of a sudden we just hit a wall. Little tasks can seem challenging. Grumpiness creeps in. We have all experienced it at one time and for various reasons. And no doubt you have witnessed it in your children. They are not immune to it. Afternoon tantrums. Lack of focus. Challenging behaviors. It’s no fun for anyone.
There is a simple cure: Nature. Really. It can be as simple as that. Research even supports it.
So, if you or your child are in a wolfish mood, put on your shoes and head outside. You’ll feel better just like Virginia, I promise.
Have a happy, nature-filled day!