At the time of writing this, quarantine is still happening and I’ve pulled out all the stops. Solo cup castle making contest (yes I drank out of one after), sprinkler in the back yard (yes it was 40 degrees out), shaving cream “fun” at the dining table (probably should have thought that one through because they were out of it at the grocery store. Sorry, hubs) Don’t you especially love the 9,000 emails we receive on “how to entertain your kids during Quarantine?” My Spam mail is through the roof. I don’t need another lesson on how baking homemade cupcakes filled with sprinkles can prove to be a really effective Math lesson. Psst: any cupcake consumed before 10am during quarantine should be considered a muffin, am I right?
The other morning, 2 out of 3 kids bounded down the stairs and innocently (but annoyingly before 7am coffee) asked, “So, what fun project are we doing today, Mom?” I took off my camp director hat and my art teacher hat and my poorly constructed Martha Stewart hat, sat down at the table and handed them some good old-fashioned coloring sheets and a box of crayons. “We are going to chat” I answered them, matter of factly. “And COLOR?” my son chimed in. “Yup. We are going to color.” The thought of something so simple after months of intricate projects and attempts to keep them off hours and hours (and hours) of screen time made them giggle. They sat right down and got started.
Do you know what the best thing about coloring is? It frees the mind to think and discuss other things. It helps you focus. You can’t sit and focus on anything else but dividing up sprinkles in a baking/math lesson. “Hey Riggs, what do you want to be when you grow up? I casually asked my 3 year old who was sitting for the first time since 6am concentrating on his work. “A baseball player” he replied, barely looking up. I noticed that he transitioned his marker from one hand to the next fairly seamlessly and thought to myself – hmmm might be a good idea! “What about you, Paigely?” “Oh that’s easy, I’m going to be many things. I’m going to be a dancer and a singer on stage and I’m always going to be a Chef.” “First I’m building rocket ships and then I’m going to be an Engineer” my other son Decker declares. I love asking this question to kids because they always answer with such eagerness and integrity. They always seem to know exactly where they are going.
I hope my own kids never lose this drive towards the future; and we are adamant in our own thinking that nothing should keep them from achieving their dreams. That is why when each kid was born, we
started a 529 college savings plan with MEFA. It’s really fun to see it rise with very little work each month. We know that every little bit helps when it comes to paying for their college educations…you
know, just in case that professional switch hitter career doesn’t work out (wink.)
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This post is sponsored by MEFA. However, all views expressed are my own.