Today, I caught a glimpse of what it would be like to have scientific discussions with my children when they are older. And I loved it! I had been studying for the MCAT while my almost 4 year old son was out with daddy, and my daughter was sleeping soundly upstairs.
When my son and husband came back from their outing, my son waltzed up to the computer, “what are you doing mummy?”. I quickly responded, “I’m studying some physics, sweetie”. My son’s eye then fell upon the comical “salty kracker” character that makes the Examkrackers exam prep material so fun to use. Let’s just say that my son wound up on my lap for the next hour as he asked question after question about a variety of physics diagrams and pictures that appeared on the screen. He is a book worm by nature but it was amazing to see him so fascinated at such a young age. He may not have understood most of the concepts but there was certainly a high level of enthusiasm that ended with him saying “I’m going to study physics in school mummy!”
It’s never too early to get your kids interested in science or anything else you enjoy! Make it a regular part of your week and it can be a great bonding activity with your children.
As a mum, I appreciate the wealth of information from fellow parents, family, friends, books and the internet on how to handle the joys and challenges of parenthood. I decided I would like to add to the body of information from my own experiences and I hope these tips will be of use to you too.
Let’s start with the classic conundrum of how to keep your toddlers or preschoolers busy while you whip around the kitchen trying to prepare supper. One recent tactic I discovered is “Fridge Art”. It’s very simple. You use a magnet to attach some paper on the fridge and include a pen-holder for non-permanent markers at the child’s level so they can reach it. The paper can be previously painted on or decorated by your child to add some pizazz. The easily accessible paper on the fridge allows your child to practice their drawing skills and keeps them occupied while you work on supper. Any marker that accidentally gets on the fridge can be easily wiped clean, just like a whiteboard! For toddlers, I recommend putting on a bib or old painting shirt to protect clothes from marker stains. Keep extra sheets handy to replenish as needed. The finished art work on the fridge will be a point of pride for your child!