There is no end to what we can do together . . .
Paul McCartney–With a Little Luck
I believe how well we learn to play together as children develops into how well we interact together as adults.
Children consistently shown examples of sharing and being content in their home life, usually show the same behavior in public. Of course, there are some children who find sharing and playing together in a peaceful way a challenge to their inner nature.
Yes, one can usually spot the child destined to become the class president, the successful business person, the librarian and the future inmate at the state prison.
Just observe any nursery day care classroom.
You will have the gifted orator with non-stop chattering, another child setting up shop and preparing meals to sell to you as you sit there trying to look interested and sipping on the sixty or so pretend coffee cup filled with air coffee, and yet another very quiet child, always reading over at the book corner, and the one child, you know, has huge needs longer than your arms can hold.
But, broken children is another story in itself.
Today, we focus on learning togetherness hopefully early in life.
“MINE,” and with a push and a shove, a child’s more aggressive nature always wins over the more timid and mild-acting child.
Learning to share and wait our turn is not easy. Hopefully, as parents, teachers and caregivers we can stay focused long enough to teach our children consistent lessons in learning how to wait patiently.
But it all begins at home.
Instead of reaching for a dish at the dinner table, perhaps asking politely to have the dish passed to you, would be a good example to the young child trying to learn how to wait.
I’m sure you can think on many other examples on teaching the fine art of waiting.
Oh, and if we, as adults are envious and desirous for every new product we encounter through successful marketing ads, don’t be surprise if your little junior–who maybe only three years old–runs from child to child in the nursery, attempting to grab every new toy from the hands of these other children.
It’s not that they WANT the toy to play with, they simply WANT it to WANT IT!
And may I simply ask, where oh, where did that behavior come from?? Hmm?
How we learn to play together in-the-sandbox, pretty much indicates how well we will work and play with others as adults.
You agree or disagree?? All together now . . .
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