Well...when we were entering he was super excited. Then we went into a submarine for the explanation of where we were. He started to get anxious and afraid we’d never get out. As soon as the doors opened and we stepped in to view all the wonderful sea creatures, he begged to go home. He was afraid of the unknown animals, he thought they could hurt him or that they were hurting. Calmly, we stopped to the side so others could pass and I explained to him that he is safe. The animals are safe. We are learning and getting to experience something really cool. I sat on the ground next to him at a tank of small tropical fish until he was ready and curious to move on. Thankfully, the location we were at was having Legoland month so he was excited about the Legos in the tanks as well.
This time my lesson is simple. Patience, parents. What’s the rush? You are there for them to learn, view, ask questions. They’ve never done these things before and they’re scary sometimes. Don’t freak out. Don’t force them. Guide them. Have them do it, but allow them to WANT to. When it’s your idea, of course you WANT to. After rounding the corner he was off. He LOVED the aquarium. Pointing, smiling, laughing. Asking questions. Showing ME things I didn’t notice or know. Making me stop and smell the roses, reading the plaques and information that I’d otherwise blow by. We went through the tunnel at least 4 times so he could see the sea turtle and sharks. “Mommy, is that the turtle we save?” (Because we cut our plastic before recycling it) and maybe I said yes 🤷🏻♀️. But it shows him the good in what we do. I love watching him grow and take steps to figuring out what he loves and doesn’t like. Maybe I planted a seed of education and information and he’ll be a marine biologist someday. All I know is, expanding his mind allows him to be whoever or whatever he wants. Take them places. Let them explore. Broaden their minds.