INKtober Day Eleven – Staying Out of the Way

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Inktober day eleven by jeffrey johnson of red herring illustrationI often have to remind myself that the dishes can wait a minute while I help my daughter draw a heart. I can wait to read that article, or write that blog post until I get the paints out for the girls to work on. I have to remind myself that sometimes my daily routine gets in the way of theirs. They don’t need me to do most things for them, but a little guidance or encouragement goes a long way.

Kids are naturally curious, and creative. They are people of action who ask questions, make messes, and start projects. Kids ask for help whether they need it or not, because they like to do things together. Also, because they’re not afraid to admit that they don’t know how to do things.

Adults on the other hand, are good at getting in the way. Usually, it’s because we know a way to do something, or because we don’t want to stop what we’re doing. Adults get tired of questions, whether they know the answer or not. Adults don’t like to clean up messes and they like projects that have an end. Adults don’t like to ask for help.

Adults…don’t like to admit that they don’t know how to do things.

Kids are good at learning things, and I try to be careful about what I teach them.

I need to learn to get out of the way of learning.

for the kids.

for me too.

 

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