The “Aha” Moment
Posted November 8, 2010on:
There are great comic strips that typically show a child – or adult – struggling with the way to get something done. In the first few comic boxes it shows repeated attempts without success. A middle box will show a light bulb over the head of the “struggler” but now there is a smile and wide open eyes:the “aha!” moment has happened! The moment when it all makes sense and everything is clear! The final comic strip box will be jubilation and success with what once was a challenge.
If you watch your children closely, you will be blinded by the flashing light bulbs. Each day there are “aha!” moments to celebrate! Each day in a young child’s life celebrates a new success overcoming what once was a struggle.
What are these wonderful “aha” moments in childhood?
- For your baby –
Rolling over for the first time – grabbing a toy and making sound – rocking on knees and hands – standing holding on to the couch – walking to mommy without falling – picking up Cheerios – moving with deliberation and balance – crawling upstairs then down – sitting forward in a car seat.
- For you –
Figuring out what helps a light sleeper sleep through the night – determining where formula & diapers fit into your budget – learning how to successfully juggle new household responsibilities – the day you fit back into your favorite jeans – finally finding the way to collapse the stroller to fit into the car trunk.
- For your toddler –
The power of language, especially NO! – picking toys up & carrying them without drops – putting clothes and shoes on – knowing where the dog treats are and getting them “all by myself” – completing puzzles – finding the orange crayon – knowing the (correct!) words to songs – outsmarting older siblings – running
- For you –
Perfecting a working routine that includes active play and calming down-time before bed – learning how to get kids to eat at the table – discovering the quickest and safest way to travel with children – timing morning showers and evening adult time perfectly – balancing laundry, toy, & recycling baskets – finding that 25th hour in a day
- For preschoolers and young school-agers –
Reading – writing – making friends – building strength – gaining confidence: every other moment will be wrapped up in these.
- For you –
Pride – accomplishment – respect for your children, family & yourself: every other moment will be here.
“There is always a moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director