Spring Chickens are Hatching | Take Your Cameras Out

by Queenie on April 7, 2010

Image of QueenieSpring is a glorious time of the year. Flowers start blooming, the time springs up an hour, and people start coming outside.

But inside the classroom there is a different kind of buzz happening-it has an aroma of maturity and the materialization of cognitive growth patterns.

It seems like overnight that children have grown from being babies to toddlers, cute first graders to independent fifth graders, tweens to teens and from middle schoolers to college bound. Their facial structure has changed, they’re taller, more sophisticated, and have integrated all sorts of experiences in a magical way.

One day you look up and they’re out on their own and you ask yourself, “Where did the time go?”

As adults we can get really busy with the going-ons of our days and forget to capture the moments of growth that’s happening right before our eyes with our children. Here is a simple and powerful way to reconnect.

1. Today, take out a piece of paper and think about your child.

2. Write down 3 to 4 descriptions of who they were and who they are in this very moment.

3. Engage in 5- minutes of parental intimacy with your child. Tell your child what’ve noticed about their growth, mentally and physically and ask them how they feel about it.

4. Celebrate yourself and the great things that you have deposited and given to your child. Being a parent is not easy.

5. Continue to love your child with gentleness and fervor. They need it regardless of their age!

6. Don’t forget to capture the moment. Spring chickens are hatching! You are making memories every day.

Queenie Lindsey is an academic coach and educational consultant. She is the founder of Tandem Teaching and Distinguished Learning Group, an academic coaching firm. Follow her on Twitter.


Melissa April 8, 2010 at 5:59 am

What an great tip, Queenie! Everyone I know who’s done this activity has treasured their writing piece for a very long time.

Megan April 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm

This would be a neat tradition every Spring. It never really feels like a new year to me until the Spring, like January 1 is just one average day in a long stretch of gray winter. Having this every April would be pretty cool.