“Where did you get your ears pierced?”

I asked a preschooler, “Where did you get your ears pierced?” She said, “Oh, you just go to the mall. You then ask the lady to get two earrings. If you get only one, my brother says you turn into a pirate.”

Ahoy Mate!

Ahoy Mate!

How many things do we just take for granted without really analyzing them? I fear we do that more than we would like to admit. Things make sense, and there is no real reason to think deeper and see other meanings.  We take other people’s opinions at face value or we do not look at our own thoughts with clear vision.

As adults we know that we will not turn into a pirate if we get only one ear pierced. However, are we certain that drinking out of a plastic bottle does not cause cancer? Can a penny placed on a railroad track really derail a train? Can an alligator survive in a sewer? Will bad luck really follow you and all of your friends if you do not forward an email to 5 people before the sun goes down?

Not everything is as clear as we would like it to be. Some things are clear and we just don’t see it. The trick is to take the time to really look and think for yourself. Try on one earring. Do you feel like yelling,” Ahoy Mate?!”

  • What is something you have taken for granted that you really have never proven yourself?
  • Are you a person that tends to analyze things or take them at face value?
  • What are the benefits and detriments with either?
  • Bonus question: If you could be a pirate for a day would you? (Sometimes thinking like a child is just FUN 🙂 )

“Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.”

Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

“Can Your Daddy Hop?”

We hosted a Hop-a-thon for our preschoolers and their dads, and I asked them, “Can your Daddy hop?”  One girl quickly shouted out, “My dad might have trouble with this! My mom tells him to “Hop to it” all the time, and he just is not getting it.”

"My Dad Hopping"

“My Dad Hopping”

Dad’s can get a wrong reputation. They truly are more capable than they get credit for. We see sitcoms where dads fumble in the kitchen. They struggle changing diapers, and they sit in front of the TV and drink beer all night long. This may be fodder for a TV series, but it is not the real life of the millions of good fathers in the world. Good fathers need to be honored. It is said that respect needs to be earned but honor is something you give.

For those who believe the Ten Commandments is a good list to follow, number four says we need to honor fathers and mothers.  Honoring does not involve making crude jokes at a father’s expense. It does not mean we assume dads are only meant to bring home a paycheck for the family.

It took 58 years after Mother’s Day became a national holiday for Father’s Day to finally be accepted. The members of congress were not eager to “hop to it” to get the holiday official for the United States.  A quote from florists has been used that says, “fathers don’t have the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” It is up to us to change the reputations of dads. For those wanting to see current research on fathers and the ability to download a free book about forming a lifelong bond or 5 things every kid must get from their dad, you can Click here. It is about time dad’s get some respect.

  • Why does society seem to enjoy making fun of fathers?
  • What can you do to show respect to fathers you know?
  • Will you help honor father’s this week?
  • Will you consider helping a father hop to his responsibilities this week?

 “We like to hop. We like to hop on top of Pop. STOP You must not hop on Pop.”              Dr. Seuss.

The Power of a Preschooler will change your life….if you let it.

“What did you have for a snack today?”

I asked a preschooler, “What did you have for a snack today?”  He looked up and replied, “We had Graham Crappers.”

How close do you pay attention to details?

How close do you pay attention to details?

What a difference one little sound makes in a word! Change a “c” sound into a “p” sound, and you have a whole different story or snack. Details can make a big difference. Sometimes we get in a hurry, and we think little details will not really matter. Ignoring details is easy. Spell check helps us not to rely on memories or finger locations. We have cars that can tell us when it is time to get an oil change and when we need to get to the gas station. We have calendar reminders that audibly tell us when our wedding anniversary is. We often get complacent knowing someone else will follow us along and complete what we missed. However, to do your best in anything you really do need to attend to the smallest of matters.

My mother would say it is important to cross your “t’s” and dot your “i’s”. Apparently letters really do make a big difference in attending to details.

  • Are you a person that pays close attention to details?
  • What is a detail you recently missed?
  • What could help you pay closer attention to the details that really matter in your life?
  • How can you best handle those you encounter that do fall short when attending to details? (Giving them “Crappers” instead of “Crackers”, may not be your best answer 🙂 .)
  • If you would like to see some children “enjoying” their snacks for the first time, check out Hilarius first reactions to food caught on camera. You will see the difference between “crappers” and “crackers”.

“Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come.” Perry Paxton

Can you hold the door open?

I asked a preschooler, “Can you hold the door open?“.  She opened the door for her grandmother and asked, “Is this big enough for your fatness?”

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That child is now 27 years old. She loves that story because to her it shows the great love she has for her grandmother. She shares that to a child, bigger is better, and you need to make sure you open your heart and doors for those you love. You want to make sure you are taking care of them. Love is measured in size to a young child. When you ask a very young child how big she is, she often stretches her arms and says, “SOOO big.” She is proud of her bigness. She is happy to be growing and happy to share her growing love.

Somehow that happiness does not translate into media and advertising. Unrealistic expectations start to follow us quickly as we leave early childhood. If we could look at each other as swelling with love, what a difference that could make. Body Image Statistics say that more than half of American ten year olds wish they were thinner. The  majority of adults also have some issue with their body image. If we could see ourselves as filled with love instead of filled with fatness, we just may find more room for peace.

  • What size door opening would you need to let your spirit of love pass through?
  • Would you be able to squeeze through a crack or would you need a door wide open?
  • Will you hold the door for someone this week and silently think about the size they may need?

“When we lose twenty pounds…we may be losing the best twenty pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty.”
 Woody Allen

The Power of Preschoolers can change your life…..if you let it.