Has anyone ever asked you if you were an Einstein Mom? Is that a title you would happily identify with?
In today’s video blog, I share with you my thoughts on the whole “Einstein Mom” thing… how there’s really no such thing, and I tell you what kind of Mom I actually am. If that makes me an “Einstein Mom,” then I’m coming out of the closet, sisters.
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[Transcript of the video:
Hi there, Mama! This is Stacy from StacyBoegem.com, and today I’m COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET!
Yep, you heard it right!
No more hiding, no more shame. No more embarrassment.
I’m coming clean, and I’m making no apologies.
So what’s all the fuss about?
Well, let me tell you.
On Friday, my lovely hairstylist, a dapper gentleman named Alex, was going on and on about how adorable and handsome and charming my little man is. Apparently my mom’s been showing Alex pictures of the little guy every 6 weeks for the last 4 years. So like any doting mom, I soaked it all up, loving those moments of total indulgence over how delicious that little man is.
So, as I’m glowing in the chair, visualizing my guy in all his cuteness, Alex asks me, “So, Stacy, are you one of those Einstein moms?”
Oh no. This was definitely a loaded question. Being one of those “Einstein moms” didn’t sound too good.
Couple that with being on of those “Manhattan moms” – oy vey.
Am I a hyper-competitive mom whose sense of self-worth is wrapped up in the achievements and skills of my baby/toddler/kid? Do I want the little man on the fast track to reading, writing and arithmetic so he can kick all those other kids tooshes?
No. Absolutely not.
And neither do 99% of all the moms I know (and I know a LOT of moms).
Einstein Mom. Manhattan Mom. Ladies, each of those is a CARICATURE.
Well, I quickly answered Alex, “Oh no. Never used any of those Baby Einstein products.” Which was true.
But, as I was saying it, a myriad of other amazingly wonderful educational tools came flooding into my mind – a whole bunch of stuff we HAVE used – stuff that I am so happy to have used, stuff the little man loved, stuff that taught the little man a whole TONS and US a whole ton.
Stuff that could certainly qualify me as “one of those moms.”
So, was I? Am I? Could it be?
Well, let me tell you what kind of Mom I am.
I am a mom who wants the best for her kid.
I am a mom who pays close attention to what my kid is interested in, and where his strengths are.
I am a mom who wants to nourish my kid’s love of learning, and who recognizes that kids learn a lot more easily when they’re really young.
I am a mom who loves to communicate with her kid. And always have. Since the beginning. (That’s why I’m a big fan of baby signing – talk about an EASY way to avoid a LOT of the “terrible two tantrums”)
I am a mom who knows that speaking a second language with a baby is a much easier way for them to grow up understanding that language than to force lessons upon them when their language synapses are already formed in their sponge-y brains.
I am a mom who wants to stimulate my little guy’s curiosity about the world, and expose him to experiences, people, places, and ideas that keep his mind open and expansive.
I am a mom who wants my little man to be joyfully happy and free.
I’m not talking about PRESSURE here, I’m talking about ACCESS.
If all that makes me an Einstein mom, then you got me. I’m OUT. Will you join me? It’s a lot more fun when you’re not hiding. We all want the best for our kids. Giving our kids ACCESS to resources and tools to foster their love of learning isn’t something to be ashamed of. It’s something to feel good about.
And when you feel good about it, and you can openly talk about it, then we can share recommendations for good stuff, and avoid the bad stuff.
I’m compiling a list of some of our top picks – stuff the little man LOVED and we LOVED too. I know you have recommendations for great tools, resources, products, toys, videos that your little one LOVED, please leave a comment below, and I’ll add your recommendation to the list!]