Something that no one ever told me about parenthood was that there would be a revolving door of interests that my child will commit every iota of passion his little body can muster into loving, before leaving them collecting dust in his room - or the back of his mind.
In the last three years (he's almost 7), here's a rough idea of what we've run through:
- Thomas the Tank Engine
- Star Wars (this one has remained constant, because I am doing my best to raise him right)
- DC Comics (so far, not much interest in Marvel)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Angry Birds
- The LEGO Movie
- All things Mario (of Nintendo fame)
- LEGO Chima
- LEGO Ninjago
- Even LEGO Friends (because toys are not for boys and girls, they're for kids big and small)
It's possible I've forgotten more than what's on the list above. One of the best parts about my little man's passionate dedication to each of these interests is that he wants to inhale every morsel of information about them that he can. He's a fairly advanced reader and he loves nothing more than getting character encyclopedias, handbooks, and anything else he can get his hands on to read. He's also not above mixing his interests. I adore that Brandon's school allows him to bring these books every single day he wants. They are eager to encourage reading of any kind.
Two years ago, on Valentine's Day, I bought Brandon his first LEGO set. It was just a small generic set, but now he's hooked. He also got the idea from Evantube (careful showing this channel to your kids - it's a bit addictive) that he should keep his boxes, in pristine condition.
So we do.
Ah, the things you'll do to foster the interests your kids have. (Velcro is your friend.)
It's fun and mind-dizzying and I know more about each of the things on that list than I ever wanted to know. Of course, fostering these interests along with a strong love of reading means that he's keen to educate me and his dad on every minute detail.
Sounds fun, right?