I find myself thinking about how I really got here, but I know.

I know why I have always loved the arts, whether it be written, visual, or verbal, because of my family. My family held the arts to a high standard without even realizing it. There was never any talk of why we should appreciate these things, we were simply shown how. Because of this, First 5 California’s Talk. Read. Sing.® is something I will forever hold close to my heart.

Encourage Your Loved Ones to Talk. Read. Sing.®

Creating memories is something we all hope to do, but I’m convinced my mother had a super special knack for it.

During my childhood, she did everything she could to make every single day magical. I’m not sure how she had the energy to do all of the things she did, but I am so thankful for it and try every single day to pass it along to my kids as well.

Allow me to share a couple memorable tidbits from my past:

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One of my number-one favorite books growing up was The Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz. This book made me laugh out loud even when I was simply reading it silently to myself, so when my mom created a uniquely hilarious voice for every single character in the book I couldn’t hold myself together. The cherry on top was how she could seemingly read faster and faster, which only made my stomach hurt from the laughter it produced.

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After reading a book to me (every single night, although I did occasionally give her a break from The Piggy in the Puddle) we would simply talk about the day we had and what our plans were for the day to come. These conversations were my favorite, and although they probably only lasted a few minutes they felt like hours. At the end of these talks, my mom would “fall” off the bed (cough, cough) and beg me to save her from falling. I totally did, best. daughter mom. ever.

It’s Easy With First 5 California

It seems nearly impossible to live up the standards my mom left behind, but I am sure going to try. Thankfully it isn’t nearly as hard as it used to be to get our hands on some of the best educational resources to help us Talk. Read. Sing.® in style for the generation of tomorrow.

90% of a Child’s Brain Develops in the First 5 Years of Life

Visit the First 5 California Activity and Learning Centers, and if you’re looking for a bit of fun these Talk. Read. Sing.® videos and downloads will give you tons of useful information!

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