I see how mums become the least cool people on the planet. We just discover a new world, and through necessity, we have to find a way to channel our energies and talents that will inspire us and our new employers.
In my case, I’m slowly turning into that mum that can make things and will get involved in her kid’s educational development. I may be in danger of becoming ‘zany’. But maybe not. I’m probably too sarcastic and self deprecating for that to happen….but stranger things have happened. I’ll tell you about my ‘crafty-ness’ soon (see? Zany pun, ugh…), but for now, I’ll focus on my other newfound passion: storytime.
It’s the best. Seeing kids get excited about reading?! It brings a tear to my eye. And HRH? She loves to ingest books… Admittedly, it’s in the literal sense for now, but book eating aside, she loves turning pages and actually looking at the content… She also likes to read with me. That makes me so happy.
We go to storytime every Wednesday, and it’s one of my weekly highlights. The kids are interacting and every week you see a light go on in their heads. It’s awe inspiring. Awesome.
Which is why I went and volunteered to be a reader. The second I blurted my name out I regretted it, but I always second guess myself, so I ignored – and continue to ignore those reservations.
And I think literacy is so important, not just in the reading, but in using your imagination, connecting pictures with words and in realizing that learning can be fun! So, I’m all in. (Gulp)…. Which is why I’m also reading children’s books from all over the world (with focus on the Global South) to kids aged 0-5, through ‘Awesome Little Beings’. I’d you’re in LA sign up and check us out. Kids whose parents sign up get a swag bag (pictured).
I want kids of all stripes to see themselves in books, not as the friend, or the sidekick, or as the lesson, but as they see themselves, as the protagonist…an Awesome Little Being.
I’ll be posting more info on ‘Awesome Little Beings’ in the coming weeks.