Yesterday my good friend (and best collaborator in creative parenting) Jacqueline and her son brought us some tadpoles they had just caught in a local creek. Another wonderful sign of spring! The boys are just starting to grasp the concept of the life cycle of the frog and still keep referring to the tadpoles as "fish" so I'm really excited to see them witness the metamorphosis.
I haven't kept tadpoles since I was a child myself so I actually had to research how to raise them. (They like cooked lettuce? Who knew?) One of my favorite things about being a parent is revisiting and relearning the wonders of the natural world all over again. But children aren't necessarily required for this--anyone could benefit from raising tadpoles at least once in their adult life!