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Kids love to be consulted. They love to instruct others in things they have recently learned. My six year old daughter is always teaching my 4 year old son and he is always teaching me!
My daughter made this video with her friend on my digital camera. She told me she made it to tell other people that it is important to protect elephants and other “rare” endangered animals and she wanted me to put it on the computer so other people could learn about it.
Wow. Put aside the fact that I was blown away by how camera and computer savvy kids are these days. I was also blown away to see that a such a little girl has important thoughts that she wants to share. I don’t know exactly what triggered her making this elephant conservation show to share with others, but I am guessing that it probably stemmed from us watching PBS Nature shows together on occasion. She always ask lots of questions and I do my best to answer them as honestly and fully as possible. I always ask if her if she understands or if she would like me to repeat it in another way. We never talked about elephants in particular but we have talked about less habitat being an issue in the decline of big cats. This video showed me just how much she listens and what a caring nature she has. But it also reminded me that so often we count kids out, when they really can make a difference and they really do want to contribute to accomplishing things.
You have probably heard that saying, “Kids are like sponges- they soak up everything.” How true! It is important to remember that we are always setting an example. Since I am a blogger, my daughter sees me communicating on the computer to others often and she has already gotten the idea that it is the way to reach lots of people. They learn by what we say and what we do everyday- especially when we are not trying to teach them!
This story reminds me of the when I was nine. I remember being frustrated because so frequently adults don’t acknowledge children and really listen. I remember telling my mother that I felt like I was as grown up as I ever would be but I was trapped in a little body. If there is one thing kids love, it is being listened to! They have so much to learn but they are already little people who can teach us something too!
Guest post by Scarlet of Family Focus Blog– green tips, family fun articles, giveaways and more.