2006-08-13

What from you childhood will you pass on to your children?

What television, music, movie or book from your childhood are you excited about sharing with your own children?


Did you know that it's the 37th anniversary of Sesame street, August 14th?

My son is 3 years old, and I've really enjoyed delving back into my childhood for things to share with him.

A favorite right now is Legos. I bought a case of legos shortly after landing my current job, because I'd always wanted them as a child, and I enjoy building so much!

Shortly after he showed interest in the television, I ordered him a DVD of the Care Bears movie.
I also got him a copy of the Lion King. We've rented Mary Poppins on many occasions as well. When we went to visit my Grandmother last summer, she gave him the VHS copy of Lady and the Tramp that I and my sister and our cousins watched growing up, which he has just about worn out by now (when I tuck him in at night, he's just as likely to ask me to sing him 'He's a Tramp' as he is 'Rock'a'bye Baby')

Recalling my childhood, I can't go without mentioning my first board game, Candy Land. Of course, when I purchased one for my son, we had to go with Dora the Explorer in Candy Land.

His first christmas my sister gave him an Elmo video and he was immediately engaged. It was neat sitting down with him after that fateful day, to tune into PBS and watch Sesame Street.
I, of course, grew up on the show. Many of the characters have changed over the years, but, some have stayed the same. I do remember mr. hooper, and there was one episode where little 3 yr old Elmo learned why the store was called 'Hooper's'. It's great to have something with such continuity.

I also like to pass down special places to him. As a child, my Grandfather took me to every St. Louis attraction. The zoo, the science center, the art museum, the history museum, the arch, the botanical gardens, grant's farm and many others. Ty and I are regulars at any attraction in Forest Park (and the fact that most of them are free is a nice bonus), like the Boathouse.

I also hope to pass on travelling to him. He was born here in St. Louis. He's lived in two homes, 3 blocks apart... but, he's been to Washington state, as well as to England, and next year we'll make a trip to Ireland. I doubt he'll travel as much as I did as a child, but, I'll do what I can to expose him to as many different settings as I can.

I also enjoy reading to him. My mom, and other relatives, indulged me as a child by reading to me, and that has turned me into the voracious reader that I am today, and I hope to do the same for my son.

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