When do you have your biggest epiphanies? Mine come, typically, in the midst of hanging out with my kids. Most accurately, I find myself subject to epiphanies when reading to my children. It seems children’s books have the best advice around, which is probably why I enjoy reading (particularly Dr. Suess) books to my kids. I love the message and I think that the meaning behind some of the content is so poignant and accurate that I thought I’d share some of my favorite pieces of advice from Dr. Suess; learned while lying on the floor with two kids who won’t let us brush their hair after bath time as they use my back as a trampoline or offers sticky, slimy kisses (that I love).
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
This is a simple statement made by Dr. Suess that makes a big impact and I think it’s one people should remember. I think that as adults, we take it upon ourselves to complicate a great many of the things we do, forgetting that sometimes the answer is really just as simple as they come.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
This one is my favorite, probably because I have always been an avid reader and a big fan of all literature. I love that my kids love to read and I love a parent who encourages their child to read. It’s quite simple; reading takes you places. It provides you knowledge and imagination and allows you to experience emotions and feelings stranger to your life. I firmly believe reading fosters creativity, helps people learn to spell and expands vocabulary – and it’s fun. Dr. Suess is a genius.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
So many of us spend our days worried more about what other people think than what makes us truly happy, and that is such a negative thing to do. Be yourself. Never be someone you aren’t. It took me a long time to realize that for myself and it’s a work in progress, though I’m a hundred times better at it now than I was even five years ago. I firmly believe that encouraging my children to be themselves will help them succeed in life, and reminding them that no matter how amazing and how wonderful they are, someone is going to dislike amazing and wonderful. Don’t take it personally.