EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers

The “Aha” Moment

Posted on: November 8, 2010

Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. For preschoolers and young school-agers –
    Reading – writing – making friends – building strength – gaining confidence: every other moment will be wrapped up in these.
  6. 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.”                  

Graham Greene

-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

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