7 Reasons I Love Having a Preschooler

With each new stage of my kids’ lives there are plenty of challenges as well as things I enjoy. Toddlerhood is equal parts fun and frustrating, so I’m glad my oldest is now a preschooler. I didn’t realize how awesome it was until I began living it. I thought it was awesome once my kids started talking, but now I can have interesting (and often comical) conversations with them. Here are a few of the reasons why I love having a preschooler.

  1. Playing with cool toys. Sometimes it’s exhausting to keep up with the play demands of little kids, but I must admit that I like finding cool new toys and having an excuse to play with them. I always wanted a big doll house. Now I have one -- finally!

  2. Plenty of art decor. Other than a handful of picture frames, our walls have been relatively bare. Now that my daughter brings home no less than five different art projects every time I pick her up from preschool, we’re in danger of running out of space. I love seeing how her creations have progressed throughout the year.

  3. An excuse to attend kids’ shows. It seems I’ve traded in going to rock concerts since becoming a mom. I’ve taken the kids to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live, Disney Junior Live, and Disney On Ice in the past year. It’s hard to say who was more excited about attending--me or them.

  4. Considering unique career paths. Some days I feel like I still haven’t found my calling. There are so many things I enjoy doing and am passionate about, but never quite sure how to turn those things into a living. My daughter doesn’t see limits like I do, considering she wants to be a mermaid when she grows up. And you know what? She totally could be one!

  5. Exercising creativity. From my daughter’s bold, colorful outfits, to engaging in pretend play, she constantly reminds me what it’s like to use my imagination and be creative. I love having another creative outlet!

  6. Questing for knowledge. I loved school growing up. It’s great seeing how much she loves learning. Sometimes the barrage of questions can be exhausting, but it helps me teach her what I know (and get better at explaining them). It also allows us both to look for answers to questions I can’t answer. Right now she’s really interested in conducting science experiments.

  7. Sharing interests. She’s now old enough to start playing board games (even if she doesn’t like when I win at Candy Land) and pay closer attention to movies (noted by her questioning plot holes). It’s really fun introducing her to geek culture and our favorite things.

Some day she’ll think she’s way cooler and smarter than me, but for now, we enjoy hanging out together. I’m constantly surprised by how much she has to teach me while I’m teaching her. It’s also amazing how much she reminds me of myself when I was her age.

What’s your favorite thing about preschoolers?

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