I’m a huge fan of educational books, toys, and outings. But some of the best learning happens through day-to-day interactions with family. I loved seeing my children learn from family members during our trip to Utah last month, and here are some of the highlights:
- Watching my usually reserved children jump into play with their cousins, whom they hadn’t seen for over a year.
- Lily’s delight over my sister’s newborn son, and her attempts to educate both of my sisters with babies on the proper care (from a toddler’s perspective) of the very young.
- Seeing how quickly my children were able to learn and recall the names of all 20 relatives we were staying with (my parents, nine siblings, four nephews, two nieces, and three in-laws), as well as my four grandparents.
- Hearing Emma correctly identify the various musical instruments (violin, viola, and cello), and watching her play her first game of chess. She has played several chess games with Mike since coming home!
- Johnny’s absolute delight in snowball fights with his uncles and dad.
We also took the kids down to the ranch where one of my sisters is living, and they got to pet a real live horse, see some cows, and learn just how stubborn a calf can be! I learned a few things also:
- I can still play the violin, and should probably try to play mine more (once I replace its broken bridge).
- The delight of the three ladies sitting in the front row at the care center where my grandpa is recovering from a botched hip replacement is well worth facing my inadequacies regarding my violin-playing.
- My family is awesome. Well, I already knew it, but it’s true.
- Travel with children is exhausting, but worth it.
What does your family teach you?