Friday Two Cents: A Calming, Spot Of Tea


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I believe many of you with children probably don’t give them tea as a beverage of choice.  Mostly you would offer them milk, juice or water as a regular beverage and they would probably ask for one of these as a normal drink.  However, have you ever tried offering them a spot of tea?

Being Maltese, I was raised by parents who are very British in their manner, and a cup of tea was a staple at many meals in my house hold.  We also had tea time a 4 o’clock with biscuits or other finger foods.  At these moments, it was a time for conversation and polite discord, on whatever subject that would arise.

Therefore, today I decided to have a tea party with the children at the school and see what would happen.  Our theme this week was Mythology and I told them a tale from Classic, Norse or Celtic Myth each day.  Today I would tell them about the Arthur legend and then in proper English fashion have a cup of tea after.

We sat and I told them about the Arthur legend and the only word that can describe their reaction was ‘amazement’.  After, we had our tea party.  I had several pots of tea available as well as different cookies/biscuits and chocolate treats for them.  I was expecting them to be a little unruly but to my pleasant surprise they were all well-behaved, dare I say civilized.  They took their tea, a cookie and treat and sat down and had wonderful conversations with each other.

The room was an activity of pleasant conversations and they were all engaged.  I even grabbed a cup and biscuit and joined in on their conversations.  This might sound a bit sexist but I expected the girls to behave themselves, however the boys were as well.  The entire experience was enjoyable for everyone involved.

However the biggest surprise was after they had their tea. The children went off to different activities, but they were all very calm and engaged.  Perhaps the tea party helped to mellow them out a bit.  I am not sure, but the rest of the afternoon was quiet and pleasurable.

Maybe the tea had a calming down effect or the whole activity of sitting and enjoying each other’s company did it.  What ever it was maybe we all need, children and adults, an opportunity to sit and just have a spot of tea.

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2 Responses to Friday Two Cents: A Calming, Spot Of Tea

  1. Clare Kumar says:

    It is always tea time at our house.

    • Paul Gauchi says:

      Same with me.

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