When did you last talk to your kids about the magic they see in the world?

The Magic of Childhood

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I recently told a coworker about some fire ant bites my daughter M had suffered over the weekend. We’d been exploring the creek behind a friend’s house when M stepped in a nest. Fire ant bites hurt. While M is tough, her tears had been quite the sight and her screams piercing.

My coworker smiled at me and pulled a small vial out of her purse. “This,” she told me, “is how we treat ant bites. Pixie dust.”

In her hand, she held a container of glitter.

“It’s body glitter. It really works on ant bites for 6-year-olds.”

Now that is some brilliant parenting.

That evening, I told my 9-year-old twin daughters about this conversation. They smiled at the gullible nature of children so much younger than they.

“We wouldn’t fall for that,” J told me. “We’re too grown-up to believe in fairies.”

“Yes,” M agreed, but quickly added, “But of course we believe in magic. Like the magic that powers Santa’s sleigh.”

“Of course,” J allowed. “And the magic that makes the Easter Bunny pink.”

“The Easter Bunny is not pink. The Easter bunny is grey and white. The magic part is how big he is and he gets everyone eggs for their egg hunts.”


“Grey and white.”

“Pink. With a fluffy tail.”

“Ugh. But magical.”

“Yes. Magical.”

My girls, on the verge of tweendom, still have their magic. Their stuffed toys are alive to them, filled with personality, each unique. Santa is real, and the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. I know how soon this will be gone, my growing girls learning to be resigned to the humdrum of life.

May they always have some magic, like the magic they’ve brought to my life.

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Sadia (rhymes with Nadia) has been coordinating How Do You Do It? since late 2012. She is the divorced mother of 10-year-old monozygotic twins, M and J. They live in the Austin, TX suburbs, where Sadia works full time in information technology. She contributes to a number of parenting websites and magazines and also runs The Mommy Blogging Guide, where she answers mommy bloggers' technical questions.

43 thoughts on “The Magic of Childhood”

  1. Gorgeous post Sadia, and love the idea of using body glitter as magic potion for ant bites. It is such a shame that we have to lose some of that magic of childhood as we grow up but one of the beautiful things of parenthood is getting to see it all again through our children’s eyes. Glad your tweens are still holding on to some of that magic x #twinklytuesday
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  2. Such a lovely post Sadia! It’s so sad when magical things start slipping away from our children but I have found they start to love believing again as they get slightly older. Your last line is fab and I would say the same. Thanks for sharing/hosting #TwinklyTuesday

  3. This is a lovely post and I agree with you 100%!! As our children grow and with their learning they start to question things like ‘magic’ and ‘fairies’ which can sometimes be a bit of a bitter-sweet moment, but inside I hope they do keep a bit of sparkly magic for themselves

  4. We all need a bit of magic in our lives! I love having young children now because it means I get to relive the magic of Christmas and Easter bunny each year again. I love the film The Polar Express for that reason – ‘the bell only rings for those who believe’ :)
    Thanks for hosting #twinklytuesday
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  5. This post just melted me. And it will definitely Work on my three year old! In fact I have a tiny pot of glitter and it’s going in my purse now. The message reminded me of some Roald Dahl Words we have framed in our home ‘Above all watch with glittering eyes…for those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it’. X MMT #twinklytuesday ps pinning this to blog posts I love
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  6. It’s so lovely that they keep that innocence isn’t it? My daughters are 11 and 8 and are still obsessed with their stuffed toys and believe in magical things. It is a beautiful thing to see and be part of. Thank you for choosing my post as a fav last week I was so surprised and happy xx #Twinkly Tuesday
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  7. Aaaah love — this is SUCH a sweet post. I am a big girl and I *still* believe in magic. The power of the universe is an incredible thing — magic is around us all the time! Love the pixie dust — am DEFINITELY stealing this idea!! Thanks for being a fabulous co-host — and for making me smile today with this gorgeous post! #TwinklyTuesday xx
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  8. Oh I am SO glad to hear that your girls still believe in magic…even more grown up magic! As my littles continue to grow, I am saying goodbye to many things, but I’m hopeful that they will carry on the joys of childhood magic for much longer…that pixie dust will cure ant bites and mommy’s kisses will fix boo boos. Just a little longer.
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