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2015 Feb

A Blue Streak

Recently I was in an airport coming back from Phoenix, and I kept bumping into a little boy traveling with his grandmother. We were on the same flight, and we ran into each other in the restroom, waiting at the gate, and again at our destination. Every time I was near them, the boy—he must have been 6 or 7—was talking a blue streak. He was so curious about everything and so full of energy. I could tell his grandmother was a little worn out by his nonstop enthusiasm.

Are your kids like that? Do they wear you out with all their questions? It’s like they want to know everything about everything. Being curious about the world is such a precious thing. As parents, cultivating curiosity and taking our kids to stimulating environments so that they can pursue topics they are interested in should be our top priority. But sometimes it can be hard to keep up with our children’s nonstop quest for learning.

Here are two magic words to remember: libraries and museums. Your local library is brimming with resources to help your kids satisfy their need to learn and grow. Besides books, libraries plan family-friendly activities designed to excite your children about new things—dinosaurs, astronauts, reptiles, and presidents, for example. Check out Tidewater Family’s calendar and sign up for some library programs today.

Museums are also wonderful places for kids, especially when the weather’s too cold or too hot, and you’re looking for something to do. Here in Tidewater we are fortunate to have plenty of wonderful art, science, and technology museums. Explore a museum or two this month with your kids. Even better become a member, visit regularly, and enjoy enriching activities all year long. 

Kids are like sponges. Make sure you fill them up with information and activities that inspire them to grow and learn. Ensuring they have opportunities to explore our world is one of the best gifts you can give. 

Peggy Sijswerda

Peggy Sijswerda

Peggy Sijswerda is the editor and publisher of Tidewater Family Plus magazine. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Old Dominion University and is the author of Still Life with Sierra, a travel memoir. Peggy also freelances for a variety of regional, national, and international magazines.


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