Add Magic to the Ordinary

10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting by Mimi Doe

“When we’re young we see the world as our spirit directs-with all our senses-and it is magic. The soul is enriched by this ordinary grace-magic is the spirit.”
10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting by Mimi Doe

Last week Lila wanted to go to the zoo. It was too cold and that day I felt like I was saying “no” to her an awful lot and didn’t want to say it again. So we set up her playroom with all of her stuffed animals and I pushed her in her car around and we stopped at each animal to “oooh” and “aaah” over it. She was happy with the activity and I was happy I could adjust to something she wanted to do without having to tell her “no” again.


My husband is the main chef in our family. If Lila isn’t asking “papa at work?” then she’s asking “papa in kitchen?” She loves watching him cook, especially when she gets to help him stir what’s in the pot. We didn’t like her being in the kitchen with the hot stove and oven, but we didn’t want to crush her desire to help cook. We brought in her own kitchen play-set so she can join papa in the cooking activities. Now when we are in the kitchen making a meal or washing dishes she can join in, but in her own kitchen. She loves making soup for her goldfish. She’ll leave the plate by his bowl and tell him to eat up.


Here are just a few ways we make magic out of the ordinary in our home. The idea is for us to have an open mind as our children play. If our children see us play make-believe, act silly or encourage their imagination they will feel encouraged and can learn from each experience.

  • Turn everyday activities into play
  • Play music and try different types
  • Act silly
  • Walk in the rain and jump in puddles
  • Build a fort with sheets and couch cushions and play make-believe
  • Get down on the floor and play with your child
  • Dance

“Home can become a soulful place, full of spirit and joy, a rich haven, when we sprinkle a little enchantment around.”
10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting by Mimi Doe


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