My favorite toddler story goes all the way back to my youngest at three years old. Her instructions were to take an afternoon nap and not get out of bed while I waited outside for the school bus to drop off her big sister. When I got in, I peeked on what I hoped would be a sleeping child. Instead I found her wide awake on her bed. “Did you get out of bed and help yourself to an Oreo cookie?” I asked. “No!” replied my toddler with lips outlined in chocolate cookie crumbs!
Another favorite is last summer when my daughter’s family stayed with us for a few days. Mommy took a shower leaving papa in charge of the baby who fought her morning nap. I walked down the hall and noticed him sitting on the edge of the bed adjacent to the crib singing lullabies’ to her so she wouldn’t cry! What a precious moment frozen in time forever etched on my brain. I didn’t know he knew those songs. Just about when you think you really know someone…
Come the middle of this week, I’ll be heading into toddler-land to babysit my youngest granddaughter for a few days. I’m packing my vitamins, getting lots of sleep and bringing my dancing shoes. She’s the one that loves fast silly music so as long as we tune into The Wiggles, we should have a grand old time.
By the way, did you know dancing has healing properties for the elderly? Findings from a 21 year-old study of senior citizens 75 years and older led by Albert Einstein College of Medicine reports that dancing makes you smarter!
Dancing Makes You Smarter
*Dancing reduces stress and depression.
*It increases energy and serotonin.
*It improves flexibility, strength, balance and endurance.
*It strengthens bones and boosts cardiovascular health.
*It increases mental capacity by exercising our cognitive processes.
*It creates dynamic and rapid fire decision making – creates new neural paths.
That last one is reason enough for me to get up and put the music on!
Do you like to dance? Or perhaps you have a favorite toddler story you would like to share with me?