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Butterfly
If caterpillars can fly, so can I

Discovering one’s talent may come easy in life, but for many, it takes some time to understand and recognize them and how they shape one’s personality.

Many teaching experts like psychologists believe that setting the right atmosphere for children may seem overwhelming. However, even the most minor action implemented in the home can indirectly support their talents.

To assist my children as they learn to recognize and believe in themselves, I put this action to the test, innovatively implementing strategies to make this experience fun and engaging.

After creating the right environment, the boys were welcome to a space to share and express themselves after the setup process.

Adding resources were a great way to transfer this message which later presented an opportunity to discuss our talents. While sharing a quick printout that I made with a butterfly, “If caterpillars can fly, so can I,” we later discussed some similarities with the butterfly, sharing how amazing it was to transform a caterpillar into a butterfly.

As the boys realized that they too could transform into anything they desired, the idea resonated that they were transforming into the JAG Brothers. They were making the connection that they were also destined to grow up to be the JAG Brothers.

With songs and activities, I realized that my methodology was simple yet effective. It opened the door for the boys to share their strengths and weaknesses. The boys were developing an awareness that they were truly destined for greatness. My sons later asked to play the song over and over. Each time, they got better at remembering the words as he sang.

Making the connection

While sharing about the butterfly, Jax expressed that he didn’t want to be a butterfly. I quickly let him know he doesn’t have to be a butterfly, but instead, he can be anything he can imagine.

The connection was made later on when a Chinese Zodiac calendar was retrieved. He made the connection and expressed what animal he preferred to be. He preferred to be a rabbit.

The sign he began to read was, this is a very lucky sign. You are polite yet a little shy. You are also smart. You get along best with sheep, pigs, dogs and monkeys. Jax saw himself exhibiting these characteristics. He was thinking critically at a young age (at ages 5)

One of the benefits of a print-rich environment later emerged.

Be open to spreading your wings to rise in love and success.

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Chesand Gregory is a multitalented, resourceful, and naturally charismatic teacher, wife of a scientist, and mother of two energetic boys; The JAG Brothers.One of her goals is to continue molding the leaders of tomorrow by writing children’s books.


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