As we continue through this ever-changing parenting road map, I’ve realized that it’s important to have different perspectives and different teachers involved in our kids lives. I’ve observed my kids in gymnastics, dance, preschool, and now kindergarten. Each teacher they have had has provided a different perspective on similar uncomfortable situations.
A very important part of our dads group is to partner with local businesses and events that have similar philosophies as we do in regards to our kids. We enjoy talking with business owners who help promote a healthy, interactive, and fun environment. Piccadilly Play Café fits each of those criteria.
Three of our recent favorite books are Rosie Revere Engineer, Iggy Peck Architect, and newest of the three Ada Twist Scientist. Written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts, these books all have an underlying theme: Dream Big. The fun part is each story is told from a different child in Ms. Lila Greer’s classroom.
CATCO is KIDS, previously known as Phoenix Theater for Children, is one of the best programs for our kids. When thinking of a day out with the kids, most think of taking them to the movies or a sporting event. I propose you start checking out the theater shows by CATCO. They entertain the kids the entire time, and are relatively inexpensive.
Summer is in full swing and the sounds of kids splashing and playing in the pool remind me how stressful it can be to have your kids at the pool! Last summer we had to hold our girls every time we were in the water and they were scared to try anything on their own, even though we were right there. They wouldn’t let go of us! I told myself there was no way I was going through another summer without them knowing how to swim. Luckily we met the British Swim School.
As adults we spend our days rushing around, going places we don’t like and doing things we don’t want to do. It can be tough to remember that, for our kids, this is an entirely different world. Aaron Sheldon, a Columbus Dads Group member, created Small Steps are Giant leaps to remind parents that everywhere you go, this is a new and exciting world just waiting to be explored. Our job as parents is to act as their mission control to make sure they can explore as much of their new world as possible.