The preschool years have been different with each of my four rascals. With the first one, I was growing into my role of wife, mother, and homemaker. My second and third rascals were only 17 months apart, so the challenge that time was juggling the lot of them while homeschooling the eldest.
The difficulty I’m facing with my 4th little rascal is different yet again, and this time it tugs at my heart. I feel like I’m missing so much of the fun preschool years. The demands of single motherhood are many…
Oh, it’s not like she’s ignored. We’re together pretty much all the time. We tell each other that we’re best friends. We cuddle, sing, read, have picnics, and play restaurant…but it still feels like something is missing.
This may be a dilemma for you too. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mama or a working mama –having a fun-filled and intimate connection with your preschooler in between the hustle and bustle of adulting is tough!
A few weeks ago, my rascals and I were over-the-moon about an invitation to Disney California Adventure. Not only had I never taken them there, but the past months had been secretly wretched for me financially which only added to the need to leave it all behind and enjoy my rascals –especially the littlest one.
And the joy, oh the joy my darlings! The joy was expected, but from where and why, well that was a surprise.
From the moment we walked through the ticket booth, with Mickey Ears and gleaming smiles in place, it felt different.
Half-skipping (she’s still learning to skip) through the Golden Age inspired Hollywood Land, the fear of adult unknowns became more distant.
We danced around a bit to the old-timey jazz, stopped to say hello to Princess Sophia, and she led the way to the Disney Junior -Live On Stage –she was, after all, the map keeper and navigator for the day.
As we sang along and helped the Disney characters give Minnie the best birthday party ever, I glanced over at my rascal. Her eyes twinkled with excitement. As a parent, you know how happy it makes you feel to see your rascal delighted.
And then it happened.
We were surprised with a showering millions of tiny bubbles. Popping on our heads and on the tips of our noses, tiny bubbles surrounded us and made us squeal with glee.
That is the magic of Disney: it’s a place to have fun WITH your preschooler, not just a place to take your preschooler to have fun.
And there’s something unique about experiencing Disney with a preschooler. Like it’s magic in its simplest form.
I’m almost hesitant to tell you, for fear that I might sound too commercially. When it comes to finding ways to be close to your children, the last I want is to try to sell you snake oil.
But it’s not snake oil. In fact, it was Walt Disney’s plan for Disneyland theme parks all along:
Mr. Disney, I get it.
More Disney quotes on children and parenting:
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.
I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.
Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
I have long felt that the way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things.
Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature.