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The Surprisingly Difficult Job of Convincing Kids They Can Ditch the Lego Instructions

“The most difficult part was persuading our children that they had the freedom to make anything they wanted,” writes mom Anam Ahmed at Let Grow. (Click here!)

…Like most kids, my children live prescheduled lives (at least they did in “the time before”). At school, someone tells them when to play outside and when to sit in circle time. Someone tells them what to eat for their lunch and how they should share with other children they have just met at the park. Then someone tells them when it’s time for creative play and when they need to get in the car for their skating lessons.

This highly structured existence has led to them not knowing how to make their own choices. Even at 3 and 5, they have the ability to figure out what they want to do, but they don’t have many opportunities to exercise it.

When COVID-19 reared its ugly head, however, everything changed. My kids’ carefully organized lives were bound between the four walls of our house, with two very stressed-out parents who somehow had to manage entertaining their children while working full time from home.

Thankfully, LEGO provided something we all needed: a creative outlet for our children—and time for the parents.

But first, the kids had to be convinced that the “Camper and Campsite Kit” did not HAVE to become a camper and a campsite. Here’s how that unfolded:


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