Arizona's Tiny Thinkers was just established this year in 2018. It is a very new program that inspires me every single day to do more for our kids. I, Liselle, am the founder of AZ Tiny Thinkers. I am a mom of one with a baby on the way. I work full time doing great things at a non-profit but even when you're doing great things there is a fire in your soul to do more. I turned my focus on wanting to help children. I went and got my certifications in Autism, Early Child Development, and Dyslexia. After receiving my certifications I was stuck with the question, "What now?" I looked into working at preschools but I still felt as if something were missing. In classroom projects were great but after hearing tiny children talk about phones, and video games I started to wonder if that was damaging to our young children. What happened to skipping rocks and jumping in rain puddles?
As parents we are guilty, myself included, of being on the internet way too much. We seem to be trapped into our phones. When my four year old told me, "Mom. Put down your phone for a minute and watch me." That's when my heart sank. I realized I was part of this problem and I couldn't just sit at home after a long days work and be preoccupied with things that weren't my son or priority. My son needed my undivided attention. We decided to get out of the house. First it was simple things like taking him to go ride his bike, go to the park, sports or walk the dog. Then his baseball season came to an end so I decided to take my knowledge in my career and my knowledge in child hood development and start teaching him some things that were sustainable to us and the environment. We started recycling projects, gardening and just identifying our surroundings in nature.
I started to feel so much more relaxed and my son as well. The more activities we do outside the happier we become. Not only does it take parents out of their daily stress but it does for the child as well. So that's where Arizona's Tiny Thinkers come in. We want to spread our knowledge and destress children and parents from their everyday lives, even if it's just for an hour or two. Video games, phones, and the internet are so unimportant and we are here to help bring meaning, love, and knowledge for our environment to the community. Our goal is to help our children help the world through fun activities.