Thoughts on fostering growth through empathy
- a blog for parents -
What is curiosity? That's a curious question, isn't it? ;)
Seriously though. Many people claim to value curiosity. It's just hard when all that's coming from your 6 year old is a series of questions about "how things work" or "why?" I get it! It can be beyond exhausting. Mostly because we often don't know how how things work, why, or don't know how to begin to explain things so they'll understand...and so we experience frustration and our own curiosity shuts down.
You see, it's hard to feel frustrated (or angry, sad, annoyed, mad, or aggravated) and curious at the same time. To be curious, we need to feel calm and open to not knowing and remain open & willing to learn. Now, this is what we want our kids to demonstrate every day at school, don't we? So how do we help them to stay curious?
The poem, "Children learn what they live" gives us a clue or two. We work to stay curious and be open to their curiosity. If their question is not something we can address in the moment because we're too busy trying to merge onto the freeway, we say so...and respond when our attention is more available! If it's something we don't know the answer to, we say so and help them find out! And, we stay open and curious to ourselves and learn about things that matter to us - from parenting to composting to outer space and beyond.