You know, we tell our kids that they have enormous potential. However, you know what? Us parents too have enormous potential! Vroom was developed based on the premise that every child is born with enormous potential, and every parent can help them realize that potential.
That is why I was so excited to learn about the the Vroom Superhero campaign. It demonstrates the heroic role that every parent and caregiver plays in the lives of children, and reinforces the message that anyone can be a Vroom Superhero to a child. I truly believe that this is video that needs to be shared here in Chicago. I know you have all heard about the violence on our streets. Part of the solution to this violence is having a superhero in the home. This is a video you must watch. Warning: you may need tissues handy!
What Makes A Superhero tells the story of an aunt-turned-foster-mother, Camellia, and her daughter, Cammie, showing us a powerful example of how the everyday moments they share have a profound impact on both of them. I may have gotten a little teary-eyed myself. I think in the busyness of everyday life we forget the impact that we make when we spend time with our children. We forget we become superheroes through the everyday moments we spend with our children. That is one of the reasons I volunteer as much as I do with my kids school. Will loves when I can fill in and be his lunch mom. We all can easily incorporate Brain Building moments into our kids daily routines whether it be by asking them questions during mealtime or pointing out shapes to their children during a walk in the park. For us, we try to eat dinner as many nights together as possible. Even if my husband misses dinner, he makes sure to ask the kids how their day was before they go to bed.
Vroom’s goal is to empower parents and caregivers like Camellia to interact with their children during their daily routines, engaging them in activities that require no additional time or resources but have outsize long-term benefits. I have to say that I love this initiative, and I can truly see this making changes in our kids lives.
Let me know what you think makes a superhero! What teaching moments do you have everyday?