During a snorkel off the coast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, I had a big "teachable moment" with my daughters who are six and four years old. We were snorkeling right off the beach at our resort and had the magical experience of swimming alongside four sea turtles completely wild in the open ocean. My kids shrieked with joy and excitement as we watched these beautiful animals glide through the water, pop their heads up to the surface for air, dive back down to feed on the algae and seaweed underwater. The girls were completely in awe, as was I. And then we saw plastic bags floating in the distance near one of the turtles. The girls immediately shrieked for a different reason, they knew we needed to get the bags out of the water and away from the turtles right away. The turtles think the bags are jellyfish and mistakenly eat them. So, we quickly swam over to remove the plastic bags from the ocean and were on the lookout the rest of the snorkel for anymore trash that needed removing from the ocean.
The girls were very proud of themselves for helping save the turtles and they saw an immediate affect that they had on those four sea turtles. They learned that even though they are small and young, they can make a big difference in the world.
The girls had an incredibly fun time in Punta Cana with our family: they participated in trapeze lessons, Zumba, putt putt, tennis lessons, swimming a ton in the ocean, pools, and kids water parks. When we asked them what their favorite part of vacation was, both of their answers were, "saving the turtles."
It's so important for kids to understand at a young age that they can make a difference. We are so proud of our girls for caring so much about our planet already.
It's so special to me since this is the subject of one of the books I have written and I am on my to getting it published. It's incredible to see the impact that this message has had on my own children already and I can't wait to see where it takes us!
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Blair has travelled extensively all over the world. She and her husband enjoy taking their kids on big adventures together. Blair writes children's picture books for all ages! Most of her stories are inspired by life events. They feature kid’s curiosity, love of the environment, laughter, and fantasy.