When it’s your job to teach children to do very basic things, it’s very easy to forget that children are incredibly smart.
When you are teaching them to tie their shoes, it’s easy to forget that they know when you are having a good day or a bad day. When you are helping them build a block tower, it’s easy to forget that they know exactly what they are doing when they inevitably knock it down.
Children bring a natural sense of wonder and curiosity to their world. Since they know comparatively little, they are curious about everything, excited to explore the entire universe and figure out how it works. Their moral compasses are uncorrupted by years of experiences and justifications. We should always strive to listen to children, to hear their perspectives, and to try to put ourselves into their size-three shoes.
What can we learn from children? To disregard our biases when learning new things. To try to be more perceptive and read each other better. To speak simply and honestly with one another. To be honest about who we want to be.
A picture of children who wrote down what they wanted to be when they grew up recently made its round across the internet. One boy wrote that he wanted to be a Red Sprinkled Donut.
Realistic? No. Silly? Of course. But does that boy know exactly what he wants out of life? Absolutely yes!
Children are wise because they see the world in a completely different way than we, as people old enough to read blogs, do. Let us remember that, and learn from our children.