Lessons From My Tiny Teacher: Do Your Research

June 28, 2014  |  

One thing most moms can agree on: your little one drives you up a wall! Another absolute we might all acknowledge is these little annoying, imaginative, curious creatures really can teach (or at the very least remind) us of a few fundamental truths. You know, like the familiar, but oft-forgotten “treat others the way you want to be treated” or the foundational “sharing is caring.”

We all have those hilarious, infuriating, enlightening (or all of the above) moments with our kiddos that remind us of these lessons we were taught way back in the stone age when we were little tikes. Here, I share with you teachable moments brought to you by Matthew, my feisty, gutsy, spunky tot who’s taught me a thing or two since he came kicking and screaming into my life! Enjoy, but more importantly, take note.

This week my two year old reminded me to do your research!

Last week, I was on vacation in the Dominican Republic sipping Mai Tais and soaking up the sun’s rays with friends. While I was away, Matthew was kicking it in Kentucky with my mom and close friends.

We Skyped and FaceTimed during the week. He would show off his ice cream mustache or ask me how I’m doing; We were both having a great time. And after five days in paradise, it was time for me to return to him. As soon as I touched down in Kentucky, I met up with my friend who was shopping with him at Target, and surprised him with a big hello and a bear-like hug.

My friend and her mom had five trains for Matthew in their cart they were insistent on purchasing.

Allow me to provide you some background info. Matthew is obsessed with Thomas the train—and all of his friends. And for those of you who don’t know…Thomas has A LOT of friends. Throughout the week my son watches some of the most random YouTube videos of Thomas and Friends. Five-minute long clips of Thomas enthusiasts going train-by-train in alphabetical order listing and showing all of the many trains in the entire Thomas collection.

Now, back to Target. I told my friend five trains was a bit excessive, especially considering he already had a mini collection at home, but my friend was hell bent on getting him everyone. She explained, “We were walking down the aisle and he knew every single train. He’d say, ‘Spencer! Let me hold him. Percy! Let me hold him.’” And so at that moment I decided to test Matthew. Sure, I knew he knew Thomas’ closest pals (Gordon, Daft, Rosie and others), but I had no clue he had memorized nearly every train in the collection. And, of course, he passed my “how well do you know Thomas and his friends” test with flying colors.

It made me realize that he, even at the age of two, studies his passion. He’s researched Thomas trains for weeks, navigating YouTube better than I can in order to become a mini expert on the topic. How could I deny him a reward for that? You know he walked home with all five trains that night.

And as I venture into exploring my own creative passions and honing in on my specific expertise, my baby boy has motivated me to sit down and STUDY! Learn my craft, because the moment I do, I will reap the rewards of focusing on my passions and leave an impressive impression on any and every influencer I encounter.

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