I have been an educator for 20 years. I can entertain and keep a class of 28 third graders productive all day with one hand tied behind my back. But as a new mom of twin boys, keeping them entertained all day is a whole different ball game.
My boys turned two this past summer and were now needing more entertainment and activities. So, when summer break came and I had some time off from work, my anxiety kicked in. I knew that I had to fill the boys’ schedules up with places to go, things to see, and activities to do to get through the day. If it was a place or activity that was enjoyable me, too and free...it was a total win! When I found out that the library had free programs for toddlers...I felt like I hit the jackpot!
I began taking advantage of these special opportunities, and my boys absolutely loved it! We attended the Storytime for toddlers, the Building Blocks to Literacy, and the Duplo for toddlers. I would search the calendar of events on a daily basis for any event that was available for my boys to attend. Every event that we went to kept my boys happy, entertained, and it saved my sanity! I felt that I always had a place to take my kids.
It’s winter now, and I’m back to work. However, we still go to the library on the weekends. When I tell my boys, “Today, we are going to the library!” I always hear a cheer in response. I get so happy when I hear that response because as an educator I know how important it is to love reading and the library is the best place to foster that love.
I actually am looking forward to this summer with my boys. I don’t have that feeling of anxiety any more. I know I always have a place to take them...the library.