One joy of having kids in your life – whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, or a friend – is that you get to see the world through their new experiences, you get to see things for the first time again. The world is a brand new laboratory of discovery.
With this spirit of exploration and adventure in mind, I love this photo series trying to capture what it feels like to be doing things for the first time. For a kid it must feel like being an astronaut landing on the moon. As grown-ups we must not lose that love of adventure and re-discovery.
It may be cliché to say that one of the greatest joys of becoming a parent is getting to watch your child experience the world for the first time. But it’s absolutely true. That first step, the first taste of ice cream, the first trip to the ocean — it’s unbelievable to see how kids test out new experiences and react to them in this chaotic and exciting world. Photographer Aaron Sheldon takes this time of exploration personally with a photo series featuring his four year-old son, entitled Small Steps Are Giant Leaps. The photos, which show the little astronaut in a variety of different scenarios, remind all of us of how, in the words of Sheldon, kids are “exploring new frontiers. Our job as parents is to act as their mission control and co-pilot to make sure they can explore as much of their new world as possible.”
Read more about Aaron Sheldon’s adventures at: Father and his astronaut son boldly explore life’s daily adventures in Small Steps are Giant Leaps | Inhabitots