We are lucky enough to have found a house with a small extra room where we can store all of Della’s toys away from guests and avoid a house where cars, balls, and baby dolls line the carpets (Not to say that still doesn’t happen, but what house with kids doesn’t?).
This room is Della’s space to play creatively and explore her imagination and it’s right next to the living room where I can sit on the couch and still see her play.
I peered into the room and saw Della sitting on the table playing with some toys and looking at some books. My first instinct was to jump up and get her down, because ya know… the drop.
But then I stopped.
I just stayed where I was on the couch and let her test the water.
Within a few seconds, she turned around to look at me and began to wail.
She had leaned for a book that was just a little out of reach, felt the discomfort in her balance, and she asked for help.
In all honesty, I’ve been waiting for some blogging inspiration for weeks now, and after this happened, it reminded of a video I watched about a week ago of an interview with Neil Degrasse Tyson.
If you are into astronomy or physics, I highly suggest you check out some podcasts or interviews that he’s done. But the particular interview I’m referencing is one where he talks about a child’s innate desire for exploration. In this interview, Neil explains,
“You don’t have kids with the intent of retaining a clean house. These are non-commensurate goals.”
“Your task is less to instill curiosity in your kids, than it is to make sure you don’t squash what is already there.”
Let them play. Let them fall. Let them learn. We, as parents, owe it to our children the opportunity to explore and interact with their surroundings. We may know what the outcome could be, but how will they if we take away their chance to learn?
Whether it’s jumping in a puddle or dropping an egg or even reaching for a book on a ledge, be committed to letting your children learn the causes and effects of interacting with their environment.
Raise curious kids.
Be cooperative with their education.
Let them learn on their own.
Watch the interview here: