Saturday, July 4, 2015

4 Things Parents Can Learn From Mary Poppins


I love classic movies and not too long ago my family and I watched Mary Poppins. Along with a great soundtrack, I actually learned a couple of lessons from watching this magical movie.  Here are a few things I think parents can learn from Mary Poppins

Come Prepared


There’s nothing worse than going to the park and realizing you forgot a few extra diapers. As a parent, you need to be prepared. When my kids were babies and toddlers, I always tried to keep my baby bag fully stocked with diapers, wipes, a snack, a blanket and some small toys. Although my kids are older now, I try to bring drinks, a snack, a change of clothes... etc.  You just never know when you might have to wait a long time at the doctor’s office,  your car won’t start, or, better yet, someone might get carsick....that's always lots of fun!  Mary Poppins was always prepared and her carpetbag was full of everything she needed.  
A lamp, a mirror, a coat rack, a tape measure, you name it. I’d like to see what she would pack for a day at the beach with a couple of kids.

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.

Chores can really suck. For instance, I hate laundry. However, if you can make chores a little bit more tolerable fun by playing music or turning it into a game for the kids, I say go for it.  SNAP the job’s a game, right?  


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Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.


Sugar...we all have a sweet tooth inside of us. Mary Poppins was really onto something when she said “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Growing up, I remember actually being excited to drink the pink bubblegum flavored amoxicillin I had to take for 95 percent of the ailments I had as a kid. My kids are the same.  In fact, I usually have to hide the medicine and remind my kids...you can only take a spoonful, twice a day.
Research in the UK even found that a “tiny amount of sugar can ease the suffering babies and toddlers feel when receiving jabs or blood tests.” So I guess there really is some truth to the saying.

Use Your Imagination


From jumping into a chalk drawing to making up fun words (Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious anyone?), the fantasy elements in Mary Poppins are plentiful.  This reminds me to tap into my children’s imaginative spirit. From cloud watching to making up songs, kids are always ready for some creative fun!


If you think about, Mary Poppins has a lot of great quotes and advice:

 

What lessons do you think parents can learn from Mary Poppins? Tell me in the comments.
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