Discover What Your Name Means Day
Do you know what your name means?
Our name follows us throughout our entire life and is an incredibly important part of our identity. Names help us define who we are and often carry personal, familial, cultural, and historical connections. On March 8, people in the United States are invited to learn what their name means. You can learn about your name by researching online, checking out a book about name origins from your library, or even asking your parents why they gave you the name they did!
Check out this episode of Look, Listen and Learn to celebrate your name and learn why saying the names of others correctly matters.
Or, check out one of these children’s books to celebrate names!
First Day of Spring
On March 20, the sun will cross the equator (an imaginary line around the Earth’s belly) and the northern hemisphere (all of the places above the equator) will begin to tilt toward the sun. More sunlight means longer days, budding trees, and blooming flowers are on the way!
Join us at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma to celebrate the coming of Spring! March 16 – 20 supplies will be available in the Art Studio to create painted flower blooms.
Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
From National Cereal Day to National Spinach Day, there are special observances for SO many things, and on March 26, each person gets to decide what they want to celebrate. Below are some open-ended questions to help your little one think about what their perfect holiday would be.
What is the name of your holiday?
What does your holiday celebrate?
How do people celebrate your holiday?
What do people eat on your holiday?
Who will you invite to your holiday?
National Transgender Day of Visibility
Trans Day of Visibility is an annual awareness day celebrated on March 31. People around the world celebrate transgender and non-binary people and acknowledge the courage it takes to live openly and authentically.
When someone identifies as transgender, it means their gender identity, or their sense of their gender, does not correspond with the sex registered for them at birth. Transgender people face discrimination in employment, housing, and public spaces, and this holiday aims to elevate and celebrate the voices and identities of all trans people.
If you or someone in your family has questions about gender identity, the Rainbow Center in Tacoma is a great resource and safe space to learn, advocate, and find acceptance.
Transitioning to Preschool
One of the first big changes in life and routine that young children face happens when they transition into preschool. Separation anxiety, inflexibility, and a lack of understanding can all contribute to an emotional, drawn out transition into early childhood classrooms. Check out the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s tips for starting preschool to help your family make a smooth transition.
If you’re looking for an early learning program for the 2023-2024 school year, registration is now open for Preschool Powered by Play at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma and Hoyt Early Learning Center.
Care for Caregivers
While big changes to routine or responsibility can be difficult for children to navigate, it can also be hard on caregivers! Making space to acknowledge your struggles and learning how to best express and mitigate emotional responses to changes in your child’s life will foster a healthier, happier family dynamic.
If you’re looking for resources to help you navigate early childhood transitions, Perinatal Support Washington and the Pierce County Early Childhood Network offer a variety of resources for parents and caregivers. Some Perinatal Support resources include a Warm Line offering free telephone support for parents and their families, support groups, and a resource page.
Another great resource for families is Washington State’s Paid Family and Medical Leave. You can take paid time off to bond with a new baby or child in your family, care for a family member, or for certain military and health events.