When it comes to growing up, there are two kinds of kids: those who can’t wait and those who can’t be bothered.
If you don’t know which type yours are yet, just give it a year or two. You’ll soon learn.
I get to have one of each. My five-year-old is the one who can’t wait. He regularly pulls down Rubbermaid bins of his older brothers’ outgrown clothes, trying on shirts that look like dresses and pants that would hold two of him in hopes that he’s grown enough to fill them out. He races around the neighborhood, trying to keep up with that awe-inspiring people group known as The Big Kids.
I don’t dare try to help him without hearing “I can do it myself!”
My ten-year-old, on the other hand, is reluctant to part with too-small clothes. Nevermind that his sweatpants are giving his ankles frostbite and his hoodie is exposing a sizeable amount of midriff. If they were good enough when he was four, then surely they’re good enough now. From serving his breakfast to packing his backpack, my dude wants to keep our roles the same as they were when he was a toddler.
I have to hand it to the guy — he knows a good thing when he sees it. Why hurry to let it go?
My kids and yours are reminders of the importance of age-appropriateness.
As parents, we strive to provide the right foods at the right time. We research car seats to pick a style that fits our child’s weight and height. We shop for clothes that match the seasons and toys for each little person’s specific developmental stage. We (desperately!) read up on potty training and chores to determine how and when to begin teaching those skills.
But we rarely apply the same standard to the books we read with our children.
Like parenting, Literaseeds places a premium on age-appropriateness. Childhood is an ongoing process of change and growth, and we believe that the books you provide your kids should grow up right along with them. We’ve all gotten halfway through a book and realized that it fits our child about as well as the pants my five-year-old finds in the hand-me-down bin.
Sometimes the words are too simple or the moral too complex. Even more troubling are the books that raise questions our child isn’t ready for just yet. Questions you may not have realized were lurking between the pages until it was too late.
From those crucial first months of brain and eye development to those rambunctious toddler years and beyond, Literaseeds sends you a monthly box of meticulously researched books designed to fit your child’s developmental stage perfectly — not too big, not too small.
Sometimes my five-year-old hits the jackpot in one of those hand-me-down bins and the euphoria of finding pants that fit is contagious. He’s so thrilled that, for a bit, everyone in the house is drawn into his celebration, oohing and aahing over his new-found treasure.
A Literaseeds box is like that with one exception — it fits just right every time.