But he is most passionate about sticks and stones.
I must admit, I am one of those Mums that lets her child freely play and roam with varying sizes of sticks in hand. The reason I feel so confident letting him play with them is because I watch him like a hawk and I know he would never use a stick as a weapon. Our rules regarding sticks are- they are not to be used as weapons (although he doesn't really know what a weapon is yet); they need to stay low to the ground and the larger they are the more open the space must be.
To me, sticks are nature's ultimate toy. They can become anything- a little animal house, a teepee, a writing utensil, a fork, a stirring spoon, a hammer, a nail, a peg, some porridge, a walking stick... North could go on and on.
Sadly, I've noticed a lot of Mums discouraging their children from playing with sticks. Of course, I realise they are worried about their child's safety and the danger of eyes being poked and prodded. But, I just don't feel right telling North to put one down as long as he is using it safely and with a gentle intention.
Where do you stand on the sticks and stones issue? Where do you draw the line? Do I sound like one of those Mums you tut-tut under your breath at the park?