Bring out the genius in your child! Our expert parenting author, Rick Ackerly, is sharing an excerpt from his remarkable book, The Genius in Every Child. He'll show you what he means. Let's find out.
Put yourself in the position of a child and look at the world from a child's point of view. You are newly born. You have been thrust into the world and have one purpose. You don't name it, because you don't yet have the words, but if you could, you would say something like:
"I am determined to make it in this world, and that means learning how it all works-and I will figure all that or by finding out how I work in it."
To that end you are physiologically driven to learn, and you spend the next five years using the scientific method to know the world and how to operate in it. You develop hypotheses ("If I cry, I get fed." "If I put my arm over my head, I can roll myself over by pushing on the floor with the opposite foot.")
Every day gets more complicated. Notice the sophistication that can be achieved by age three.
The Genius in 3-year-old Helen
One Sunday I received the following e-mail from three-year-old Helen's father:
"Helen was playing in the sandbox when a brawl between a brother and sister on the other side of the sandbox attracted her attention.
Helen looked up as they knocked each other to the ground, arguing over a shovel. She watched intently for a while, then calmly looked around, found two more shovels, walked over, and handed one to each of the siblings.
The fighting stopped. They handed Helen the shovel they had been fighting over, and all went back to playing happily together. No words were exchanged.
Helen observed a conflict, deciphered the dynamic, figured out a solution, and implemented that solution. She did it on her own and with the utmost confidence. She didn't even look up at me. This is what we want you to do for Helen, (Headmaster Rick Ackerly), and it sure looks like you are doing it."
If Helen Could Explain Her Genius
Rick Ackerly goes on to tell us that from her 26,280 hours of life, Helen probably made some genius hypotheses like these:
1. "Sometimes people fight because of conflicting interests, and one way to get the fight to stop is to give everyone what they want."
2. "...you make yourself happy by making other people happy." (This excerpt is from pages 24-26)
Rick Ackerly's whole book is dedicated to the best meaning of genius. Pick up:
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Let's give a BIG THANK YOU to Rick Ackerly for sharing his excellent information from his forty-five years of experience working in schools.
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