One of the best parts of being a parent is all the cool stuff we get to teach our kids. Watching their sponge-like brains sop up new information isn't always a good thing--like when the nine year old neighbor boy starts singing, "I've got a party in my pants" to your two and three year olds. Yeah, that happened. Still we need to take advantage of the formative years to instill good values and useful knowledge into our kids.
One thing I think important for Chase and Jackson to begin learning about is THE WORLD. And by "the world" I mean the different places, cultures, languages, and customs that fill the globe. I want them to know how big and yet how accessible the world is today. Twenty years ago, I was floored when I received a letter from a pen pal on the other side of the state of Indiana. Today, I follow what is happening in the lives of friends of mine living in Taiwan and Iraq in real time. The world has shrunk and will continue to do so rapidly. Globalization is now the norm and will continue to be in our children's lifetime.
Parents, we need to set up our kids for a win.
Growing up, I didn't give much thought about visiting other places in the world and as a result I didn't see the importance of learning languages or studying other cultures, and frankly it is one of my biggest regrets in life. Now that I work in orphan rescue and get to travel to places in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia I can't wait for the day my boys can pack their bags and join me! But even now, I want them to know about the places daddy is flying off to.
In this blog series "Give Your Kids the World," I am going to pull back the curtain on how I'm teaching my boys. I'll tell you what is working and what flops. I'll review apps, activity books, and other learning tools I am using.
Also, I would love to hear from YOU especially if you have great ideas on how my boys can learn! Don't be stingy! If you have a tip, please leave a comment! Know of someone who is knocking it out of the park in this area? Put me in contact with them cause I'd love to learn from them too.