By, Angela Jones
When I was a teenager, one of my favorite songs was Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. (Yes, I know this shows my age, and yes, I totally rocked the huge permed hair) I loved this song because it captured and stressed the importance of having fun! With that being said, I believe that this also holds true with our children. Today’s children are bombarded with technology, so much, that even my 4 year old niece can operate my smartphone better than I can.
This overuse of technology can sometimes overshadow the simple joy and importance of play. Getting out the glue sticks, scissors, and construction paper can create fun activities and interaction with our kids. This basic, “old-fashioned” fun is what we provide in our “Mommy and Me” meetings that are held at Hendrix Elementary once a month. These meetings are for parents and their child/children ages birth to 4 who are not yet enrolled in school. We have story time, a fun make it- take it craft, and snacks. Children love to have fun, and they love to spend time with their parents. After all, parents are their child’s first and most important teacher! Spending one on one time reading, playing, and engaging with our children promotes healthy bonding relationships, early brain development, and most importantly lasting fun memories!
Our next “Mommy and Me” meeting will be held Monday, February 8, 2016 at 8:00am at Hendrix Elementary School. Come out and enjoy this time with your little ones, and remember: Kids Just Wanna Have Fun!!