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Coffee and Conversation #135 – 4 Reasons to Celebrate Dr Seuss

Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #135!

Think Dr. Seuss is just for kids?

Awhile back I wrote a post for iHomeschool Network about celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with your teens and pre-teens.

I have to admit, that was pretty challenging because the more I looked for interesting ideas the more activities and ideas I found for the little ones. That got me to thinking: why is the good Doctor relegated to little ones? (An irony akin to the saying “Naps are wasted on the youth!”)

Even tho’ his books are found in the “Children’s” section, my husband has enjoyed the linguistic gymnastics of a good Dr. Seuss story long before we even had children. He had whole sections of them memorized…the ones with the more creative use of actual and made-up words.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! – what’s your favorite book of his? Click To Tweet

And one of the most popular posts we’ve ever had on our site has been our “Dr. Seuss Baby Shower on a Budget” – a creative and fun event that Candy helped to host for a friend’s daughter.

I decided that to honor this noble literary figure, and just in time for his birthday tomorrow, I would like to present to you

4 reasons why we should ALL celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday

1) This can be a great way to draw in a dad who may otherwise be a little withdrawn from the “hands on” of parenting. Sometimes dads don’t realize just how valuable they are to the family, especially when they’re gone all day and mom stays home with the kids. Who doesn’t love a party? And how many kids always behave as if it IS a party when dad gets home? Play it up, and everybody wins ☺


2) There’s something innately silly about his stories. And yet, there’s incredible wisdom in many of them, too. Who can argue about the serious issues lurking amid the playful words found in “The Lorax” or “Happy Birthday to You? And he inserts some serious concepts amid his fun and funny words in, for example, “Yertle the Turtle” – yes, Dr. Seuss really does close up the generation gap.

Feel free to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with your teens, too! Click To Tweet

3) What a great way to learn and play with language! Studies show that children who are read to become readers. And it’s hard not to enjoy reading one of these short ditties to a kid. It’s even easier and more enjoyable to act out the words and events presented in many of his stories – just ask my hubby 😉

4) His books spark creativity of all sorts – games, food, costumes, even tech…it’s so easy to … Here’s the time to check out Pinterest; you can use many of the ideas you find there and adapt them to everyone in the family!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with the whole family! Think the day is only for kids? Discover 5 fun ways to include your teens in the festivities, too…


As I always tell my kids “Learning is life, and life is learning!” Seeking real world opportunities to learn throughout life is an important quality to model for your kids and encourage them to imitate – no matter what their age.

And as our friend Dr. Seuss might encourage us…

“Oh the places you’ll go!” with a lifestyle of learning… Click To Tweet

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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18 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #135 – 4 Reasons to Celebrate Dr Seuss

  1. Melissa March 2, 2017 at 8:07 am #

    Thanks for hosting a great party!

  2. Journa Liz S. Ramirez March 2, 2017 at 12:15 am #

    I enjoyed the party this week, as usual. Thank you for hosting!

    -Journa, from the team at http://www.somewhatsimple.com

  3. Belinda Letchford March 1, 2017 at 5:12 pm #

    I was talking to a friend yesterday about the time we took our teens (13-18yo) to Europe and Dr Seus’ Oh the Places You’ll Go was our theme book – and attitude adjuster. We used it a few times when people were getting overwhelmed, frustrated, self focused – to keep their eyes on their choices. It was such a random book to take with an older family – but so much fun!!

    • Pat March 1, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

      Oh, Belinda, that does sound like so much fun!! What an awesome idea… And Europe?! What a trip that must have been… (Can you tell I’m jealous? lol)

  4. Marilyn Lesniak March 1, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

    Thank you for hosting. Enjoy your week!

    • Pat March 1, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

      Thanks, Marilyn – you, too!

  5. Beth March 1, 2017 at 11:48 am #

    Dr. Suess is the best thing since sliced bread . . . with green eggs and ham, of course! ha! Thanks for the linkup, Pat! Always great to join you here in this space.
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  6. Jennie March 1, 2017 at 10:09 am #

    I LOVE that quote you featured from Dr. Seuss. My mom read to us all the way through high school, and we loved it. 🙂 If she offered to read to me right now, I’d drop everything. 🙂 Thanks for reminding us that Dr. Seuss isn’t just for toddlers. 🙂 Have a great week!

    • Pat March 1, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

      Your mom sounds so special, Jennie. Most moms stop reading to their kids as soon as the kids can read on their own. I loved reading to mine as long as they’d listen. But honestly, as I got older, I started putting myself to sleep when I read aloud. I can’t even listen to audio books anymore…unless I’m having trouble getting some shut-eye (which I seldom do!). lol
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  7. Deborah Davis March 1, 2017 at 9:55 am #

    Oh the Places You’ll Go! is my favorite book by Dr. Seuss. I still enjoy reading it aloud!
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  8. Antonella | White House Crafts March 1, 2017 at 9:47 am #

    I absolutely LOVE Dr. Seuss books, and reading them with my three-year-old. Thank you for hosting!
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  9. Shelly March 1, 2017 at 8:38 am #

    Thank you so much for hosting the linkup and featuring my post!
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  10. Michele Morin March 1, 2017 at 8:15 am #

    So happy to join with you today in singing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss!
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