“Once, many years ago, someone who did not agree with Glenn’s ideas about early learning said of him, ‘All Glenn Doman is doing is driving mothers and babies closer together.’
Well, it is not all that Glenn did in his long and highly productive life, but he often said, ‘Put that on my tombstone, make that my epitaph: He drove mothers and babies closer together, and I will rest well.’ “
Glenn Doman lived such an amazing, dedicated, impactful life. His service to the children of the world both directly and indirectly is so close to immeasurable, one can almost only dream about the influence this one man has had in his great lifetime. His legacy and reach will surely continue on for centuries.
There is so much that could be said of him, his life, and the impact he has had.
But today, I am pondering just one very minuscule fraction of that.
Even just of all the amazing things he has meant to our one family, today I am thinking about one very small part of that: how he brought me closer to my children in a powerful and extraordinary way.
Thank you, Glenn Doman, for opening my eyes to the incredible capabilities and potential of my children.
For this knowledge has created a level of great respect and admiration towards my children that I never would have otherwise known, and changed the way I interact with them in for the infinite good.
Thank you for gifting me with such a strong motivation to have more quality interactions with them.
Thank you for opening my eyes to how meaningful and important and long-lastingly beneficial these interactions with my children are.
For within this increased time joyfully interacting together, our relationship has grown in indescribable ways.
The gift of time spent together, it is the most precious and priceless gift in the world. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for bringing us together in this way.
Thank you for teaching me the amazing way in which my children’s brains grow. Thank you for teaching me which activities and interactions and opportunities develop which areas of the brain, and for what purposes.
Thank you for teaching me why this is important to intentionally provide opportunities to grow the brain, rather than leaving it to accident or chance.
For this information and understanding has given me such a powerful sense of joy and satisfaction in our time spent together, as I am aware of the ways in which I am helping my children’s brains grow and blossom, and in turn, helping their spirits grow and blossom as well.
It has transformed what might have been a dullness of simple routines to a bliss of meaningful pastimes.
It has changed my sense of purpose and dedication as a mother and bettered our relationship and quality of life. It has opened my eyes to see beauty and meaning and power in the seemingly mundane moments.
For in childhood there are no mundane moments, only moments of great potential and opportunity to be either squandered in meaningless pursuits, or captured and shared for the good.
Thank you for teaching me to believe in myself as a mother. Thank you for teaching me to see my own value in my children’s lives. It has made me better, and made us better, it has made our relationship and time together better.
Thank you for teaching me about physical mobility and its effects on brain function and development. Thank you for introducing me to all the wonderful physical activities that can benefit my children and, as a pleasant side effect, myself.
Thank you for all of the family runs and jogs and hikes and after-dinner walks. Thank you for the extra trips to the playgrounds and the parks. Thank you for the family swimming sessions learning how to swim better or longer together. Thank you for the balance games and tumbling sessions enjoyed in the living room and on the lawn.
Thank you for all the extra things that I never would have done with them if it weren’t for you.
Thank you for introducing me to the world of early learning.
For these moments spent teaching my children and exploring the incredible, beautiful world of knowledge with them have been the best and most meaningful of my life.
Thank you for the chance to see my children’s eyes light up when they learn something new, or figure something out, or understand for the first time something great.
For because of you these moments have been multiplied exponentially and have been found in ways that would have otherwise been never known.
Thank you for the opened doors of discovery we got to walk through together.
Thank you for introducing us to the path of so many interesting, beguiling discoveries that lay waiting for us, ones that we otherwise never would have had the pleasure of experiencing together.
For these shared adventures have been sewn into the very essence of our being: a shared journey, a shared memory, a shared pool of knowledge, a shared interest and love that will eternally connect us, and enrich our conversations and hearts for the rest of our lives.
Thank you for opening the doors to greater hope and joy in my and my children’s futures. For this new sense of potential and hope has, in turn, enriched our joy of the present exponentially.
Thank you for the games. Thank you for the silliness. Thank you for inspiring me to creativity and ingenuity in finding fun ways to play with and teach my children.
Thanks for the smiles. Thanks for the laughs.
In discovering the silliness of Andrew Jackson’s hair.
Or the humor of Mommy playing peek-a-boo from behind a math equation.
Or the joyful abandonment found in dancing to Tchaikovsky.
Thank you for the kisses and the cuddles and the snuggles and the hugs. Thanks for the belly blows and wrestles and the high-fives and goofy faces.
Thank you for teaching me that learning together is the most joyful and wonderful experience a parent and child could ever have.
Thank you for the chance to get to know my children better than I ever normally would have.
To, in planning for our learning together, study them and discover the things they would like to learn about and the best ways to teach them.
To, in teaching them, learn so much more about their preferences and favorites, about their moods, about their actions and reactions at different times of day and under different conditions.
To get the chance to notice. Notice little things that might have otherwise been overlooked. To notice their subtle changes and growth and development. To celebrate the neurological milestones that I might have otherwise never known to look for.
Getting to know my children in this deep and intimate level – has been priceless. And I thank you.
Thank you for opening the door to the joy and power that is learning together.
We are eternally grateful for the miracle that is you who brought us closer together in immeasurable ways.
Your incredible legacy lives on. Thank you.