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Now you can have a virtual grandmother for your children read fairy tales to them in the tradition of Mary Poppins. A real-life grandmother, Helen Higgins, reads to your children online.
“Two quotes from Albert Einstein remind me that what I do matters,” she says. One is, ‘If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
COVID-19 is making Grandma Higgins an everyday “life-saver”, providing children with a valuable grandparent experience while parents work from home. Helen didn’t plan this online business to deal with a pandemic and lockdowns. The idea came to her a year ago. “The coincidence, though, is amazing – and a bit wonderful,” she says.
There are twenty six illustrated stories in her online library and children can see the pages as she reads to them. She also plays doll’s house games, does arts and crafts, even shows them how to cook. Craft projects include making pom poms, tassels, a heart garland, caterpillar and paper flowers, among others. Cooking includes a chocolate cake and its antidote – rainbow salad bowls.
Helen says she has been called a virtual babysitter. “But I’m not like an online game or the television,” she says. Her Grandma’s House experience helps children to develop their understanding of the world and fuel their imaginations.
The other quote Ms.Higgins said is, ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress’.”
Helen is a grandmother to a 9,8,6, and 4 year-old. Currently, she lives in Australia, north of Sydney. She also ran a home day care and after school business when her children were young, so she has a professional understanding of how to engage children and teach them life skills.
“With a single working mother, I developed a very close bond with my grandma,” she recalls. “I learned so much from her.”
“A lot of children are missing out on that grandparent experience right now,” Helen says, “because they have to protect them by staying away. I’m giving children the same good wholesome experiences with some essential learning woven in.”
These services can be purchased for $29 a year. “Stories that guide children to success in life,” she says. The stories are curated to widen a child’s understanding of life and allow their imagination to blossom – stories like Arabella and the Magic Pencil, Don’t Think About Purple Elephants and Invisible Jerry.
“Every child’s potential is unlimited really; it’s only limited by their thinking and the more well-read you are the greater your thinking.”
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