The 2nd day of March which also happens to be our founder, Ify Nwobi's birthday, would have been our favorite childhood story-teller, Dr. Seuss,' 116th Birthday. As parents, you have probably read Dr. Seuss to your kids on numerous occasions. Some of the things he has taught us are life lessons that are worth passing on to our children. Here are 5 of them:
1. The Road to Success Will Not Be Easy.
In the book The Places You Will Go! Dr.Seuss gives us many inspirational quotes. This book is something that we all can relate to at any age, that life will come with some great days and some bad ones along the way but we must not become discouraged. Dr. Suess assures us in his book, "I'm sorry to say so but, sadly it's true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you." The journey will not be easy, but remember to continue pushing forward.
2. Have an Open Mind.
Here's a memorable line from his book, I Can Read With My Eyes Closed. "There are so many things you can learn about, but you'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut,". We must learn to not be afraid to ask questions and be inquisitive. Even though we can all agree as parents, we don't have the answers to the questions are kids ask. Let's always encourage them to ask questions, and for them to always b opened to new learning opportunities.
3. We are created Equal.
Yertle The Turtle is a book that can be read aloud just not to kids, but some adults as well. The book reminds us that we are all equal no matter of our backgrounds, religion, race or social class. We can all take a page out of Yertle's page: "I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here on the bottom, we too should have rights.". Let's remember to teach our kids, that no matter where they go in life and who they become to always treat people with respect.
4. Kindness is a Two-Way Street.
One of the main things that we need to teach our children, that yes it is great to share and be kind. But do not let people take advantage of your kindness and your heart to give. Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose was a true kind hearted person, he let "Thingies" live on his antlers even when his antlers became sore, and began falling all apart, he was still willing to let them stay, just to avoid hurting anyone's feelings. As kind as it was of Thidwick, his story taught us an important message kindness is a two-way street, the "thingies" weren't concerned about Thidwick feelings as he was there's. So yes it is important to be kind to others and share. But also make sure you do not let people take advantage of you.
5. Have a true balance of work and Play.
The book " The King's Stilt's" we can all take and remember one quote from the book."And when they played, they really PLAYED. And when they worked, they really WORKED," Now as adults, we can all take count of this quote. We all should remember to take that vacation and enjoy a little bit. Don't work so hard that you exhaust yourself. Take a break, get out and enjoy life.
Even though we have grown older now, and have children of our own let us never get too old, and not remember the things that Dr.Seuss taught us. Let us take those things and pass them on to our children.