Lately I have been reading this book all about how to be vulnerable. And while it gives you lots of tips on how to go about helping you tear your walls down and open your heart to the world, it does a great job of mentioning how hard it is to accomplish.

Dad looking surprised and like he is having fun with toddler son and wife behind. All three are laughing and looking at the aqua tank with penguins at the zoo Boise.
Small child being held up at the aquarium walls to watch the penguins swim. Dad holding him while pregnant mom stands just behind them showing off her belly.

And while I can sit here and talk all about this subject in general, I won’t. The thing I want to touch on is how kids can be vulnerable at times and not know it. No child understand vulnerability. No child understands restraints or trying to stick to a “normal” behavior. They learn that from their parents. Or from the people around them that are teaching them how to survive in this world.

Mom and dad with son while they feed the goats at Zoo Boise. Boy laughing really hard as the goat takes his food from his hand.
Small boy laughing as he feeds the goats in Zoo Boise, Parents hiking hand away.

I often wonder what it would be like if we didn’t restrain our kids. What if we didn’t tell them what proper behavior was? What if we just taught them about manners as in politeness but not strict rules on how to sit at the table or how to walk in a straight line. What if we let our kids imagination rule instead of telling them how to color within the lines. Some parents are great at this already. Ya know the type that don’t let their kids watch TV and they play outside most of the day- rain OR shine? I wish I could have been that mom. Maybe parenting my teens would be easier! HA!

What are your thoughts on this? What kind of parent are you? Somewhere in between? Thats where I lie.

Much love,

Heather

P.S. Don’t forget that if you want s fall family photo session at the zoo you gotta contact me today! My weekend are packed full already with my own family adventures but I always have time for photographing one of yours. Peace out.