It takes a village to raise a child. There are family members, friends, coaches, teachers, and other leaders in the community who influence our children and lend support to our families. When our children turn 18 years old, gain legal adult status, and step into the world with new independence, it will be a milestone to celebrate.
Wouldn't it be cool if you had a special token to mark the moment? Something equally forward-looking as it is sentimental? Well I was recently inspired by a friend who is building what I think will be the perfect thing - a very special and very personal copy of "Oh, the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss.
How do you make it special?
1. Read it at the start of each school year (or other sensible beginning like New Years Day or a birthday). It seems a sensible thing to do as our children venture forth into the new unknown future. Meeting new people, trying to things, solving new problems.
2. At milestones - end of a class, belt graduation in karate, after the dance recital - ask the teacher, coach, or other leader to do you a favor. Explain that you intend to gift the book to your child on his or her 18th birthday. Then ask them to write a short note or some words of encouragement, sign it, and date it.
"Oh, the Places You'll Go" will act as the perfect set of bookends to their childhood - read at the beginning of each year and gifted at the very end!
This blog featured the book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond!
From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes, “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’” A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!
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