When I asked my three-year-old daughter what I should write about for this post, she looked up from her coloring book and said, “You should write about these guys!” ‘Those guys’ she was referring to were the lovable Elmo and Zoe from Sesame Street. At first I chuckled, but the more I thought about it, the more it actually seemed like a fun idea. I did, after all, grow up with Sesame Street, and although the show has changed drastically in the years since I was my daughter’s age, their commitment to making learning fun has not shifted in the slightest.
Just a few days ago, we pulled up a Sesame Street episode on YouTube; it was many years old and featured a young Stevie Wonder and a timeless Cookie Monster, just to name a few. I sat with my little ones and enjoyed the retro images and the old-time jokes, thankful for a few quiet minutes with them.
Shouldn’t all days have moments like this in them? Whether facilitated by the songs and characters of Sesame Street or Dora or any other children’s show, or even through games and stories straight from our own imaginations, shouldn’t we spend some time each day hunkered down next to our kids just reveling in their nearness and in their love of learning? I know that I would do well to take advantage of those moments more in my life.
It is amazing how much our kids are literally sponges waiting to soak up anything and everything that comes their way. When I take the time to become an active participant in their learning or their quiet time, I gain access to their precious little minds and have a chance to share the wonder and excitement that they get from exploring their ever-expanding world.
With summer upon us, let’s get creative and find ways to connect with our kids – both in new ways and old. Spread out a blanket on the lawn and read some books. Grab some dried pasta and start counting. Pick up some seeds and start an herb garden. You could also pop some popcorn and settle in for some family time, courtesy of Elmo and friends. Whatever you choose to do, making time to share life with your kids as they learn is a wonderful way to show you care, and to learn even more about them and their interests and abilities. Here’s to a great summer!
Jennah Mitchell is a freelance writer that enjoys helping businesses and individuals match powerful words to their stories, services, websites, marketing collateral, and more. When she is not writing for her clients, she blogs at www.onlytruenorth.com about anything and everything related to being a mom. She also recently finished her first book: a devotional for moms with infants and toddlers.