Most of you have been with me for a while but some of you were here when I used to celebrate every holiday that came around in such a big way.
There’s the old saying that says “ when you know better you do better.” And now that I know better and know more about the development of children- I do better.
If you look at my Facebook there’s a huge long comment thread of people that say they are in support of Dr. Seuss day and all the fun activities that go along with it. I’m not necessarily saying I’m AGAINST Dr. Seuss I’m just saying if it does not fit into the type of play my children are doing why should I bother? If my children were having fun making nonsense rhymes it would make perfect sense to me .. but they aren’t.
Kids at this age don’t really understand “author” … So to celebrate one doesn’t make much sense
Over the years I’ve also become more sensitive to how parents are affected by all of my hoopla
If the things that I do increase the burden of parenting then I have to revisit it and ask myself is it worth it. Obviously , some things are but I wasn’t really to take ready to take one for the team on Dr. Seuss.
I had two phone calls yesterday afternoon family members looking for items to finish out their child’s costume for school tomorrow. So the stress is on the parent. The creativity lies with a parent. What does the child gain? I would suspect that most of my friends would say… It’s just a great fun day.
Well we had fun today too. We read a new book called “Not A Box.”
After that the children spent more than an hour and a half exploring boxes, deconstructing them, putting them back together with colored tape and imagining that they were different things. It was fun but it also engaged their brains in a different way.
I don’t have regret for not doing Dr. Suess today. I’m not saying that I will never do Dr. Seuss again. But I guarantee you if I did a Suess day/ unit I would do it much differently than I did it 10 years ago.