My little sprout is in Kindergarten right now learning about the alphabet, colors, numbers, and other things all while singing and playing unawares of how much her little brain is soaking up. Children learn without even being aware of it 24/7.
This allows us to use every moment to teach them about love, life, responsibility, and everything else we want to instill in them. Recently a trip to the grocery store turned into a pretty in-depth conversation about higher education with my 6-year-old in which I was able to instill quite a number of things I wanted her to know and believe!
I typically go to the grocery store about once a week, but I needed to make an extra stop and my little sprout tagged along. Tired from school she wanted to ride in the cart and so I helped her in. Honestly I really get through the store faster when she is in the cart, even though I occasionally end up with crushed bread, missing fruit, and extras 🙂
As we were cruising the produce aisle we talked about her day at school. She was really excited because she had decided she wanted to be a scientist, a veterinarian, and also discover new animals.
“Mommy when I grow up can I be more than one thing?” she asked me overwhelmed with the choice of what to choose to do for the rest of her life. (she has been dramatic since birth)
I told her that she’d have to do well in math & science, get her undergraduate degree, her masters degree, as well as a doctorate and she could be all three! A research scientist that works with animals.
In that conversation she learned how important school was, that she could be whatever she put her mind to, that I believed in her dreams, that I would support her no matter what, that she was capable, that it was possible, that hard work was valuable, that I value her voice, that I love her, and many other things that will Sprout in the future.
I learned a lot from talking with my daughter about higher education, I got to know her hopes and dreams, though they may change, and as a Mama it helped me Grow a little too.
With our children we have the awesome opportunity to cultivate wonderful things in them, love, kindness, honesty, integrity, faith.
Every moment is a chance for us to teach them by example, by direction, and through guidance how are you using the time you have with your Sprouting Children?