I used to always get upset with Hunter when he would take his twistable crayons and twist them all the way up to the top, presenting an unnecessary breaking risk (of the crayon, that is). But today Hunter did the same thing, and I remembered reading something that Glenn Doman wrote in his book How to Teach Your Baby to be Physically Superb, about how once your baby (or toddler more like) gets to a certain point, you should be able to take something down (like something fragile) and show it to him once, let him examine it, and that should be enough to satisfy his desire to learn about it. We’re used to keeping all thing fragile out of reach and giving tiny kids the same old box of rattles and blocks again and again expecting them to “play” with them when indeed, all they want to do is learn about everything and once they’ve learned about one thing they’re done with it.
So, I took that advice to heart and when I saw Hunter twisting up the crayon, carefully examining the barrel and figuring out how it all worked, twisting it up again and down again, and you know what? The whole thing took about two minutes, the crayon is fine, and it really worked! He has yet to twist up those crayons again, he doesn’t need to because he already learned about it! Some things kids need to learn self-control and to not touch, but are you constantly saying “no” to your kids? “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen” (2 Cor. 1:20) God is a “yes” (yea) God. He desires to give us everything and to teach us, not hinder us for his own convenience. Loosen up, let your kids learn, and enjoy their little brains working as you show them all of the wonders of God’s creation.
“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation…”Psalm 25:5
Hunter is 3 years, 2 months old