As I work today, I am listening to some of my Spotify playlists. While singing along to ‘Sister Suffragette’ from Mary Poppins, I thought to myself ‘Maybe this is where my interest in womens rights was started.’ I firmly believe that the base of who we are is set from a very young age. This belief was only further solidified for me after watching the documentary Up series which is absolutely amazing. Each segment begins with the director quoting “Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man.”
But, this thought led to another realization. As most of you know we are planning a trip to London. I get asked ‘Why London?’ My only answer is ‘I don’t know, I’ve just always wanted to go!’. When Disneys Peter Pan (my favorite Disney movie) was released a couple of months ago I pre ordered it, and Todd and I were watching it together when I jokingly said ‘Maybe this is why I always wanted to go to London’. The Darlings are British and fly through London and past Big Ben. Today I realized that probably my most watched childrens movies growing up were Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, and Peter Pan….Maybe that IS the reason I have always been fascinated with England!
Be thoughtful about what you expose your children to while they are young. It does no good to shelter them and open them up to very little. Kids are like little sponges and their inner voice and deepest interests (in other words who they ARE as people) are being decided in their very early years. How they are treated/ spoken to and what they are exposed to will make the biggest impact during that time!