Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kids are people: Green stuff on your skin

For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay is a great book....not an easy read, but a great book. The book talks about a philosophy of learing developed by a woman named Charlotte Manson. This book will challenge the typical modern person's idea of education.

One of her main points is that "Children are born persons."

I like that. Not properties, not frustrations, not idiots. Persons. I think it sounds better to say "Kids are people." A conversation with Savannah reminded me of this novel idea.

Mommy: "What happens if you don't drink water?"

Savannah: "You will die."

Mommy: ....starts to continue with some point along the lines of water.......how your body needs water....

Savannah: (interrupting) "Mommy, if you don't drink water, you won't have any more green stuff on your skin.

Mommy:>>>>>at this point, Mommy has one of three options.<<<<<<<<<<

A. Say, "Don't inturrupt me!" and continue talking
B. Give Savannah a "that was weird" look, laugh, and continue talking
C. Say, "What green stuff are you talking about?

Thankfully, I was thinking clearly and chose C.

Summer: (seemingly knows exactly what "green stuff" her sister was talking about) "Yeah, Metu said there was green stuff in her arm......"

Mommy: Think, Wendi, think, think, THINK...oh yeah. Metu, their Grandma, had shown the veins in her wrist and explained that there was blood in them. And, well, they look green. And if you don't drink enough water, you won't have the water for your blood and the green stuff might go away. Hummm. "Good point, Savannah".

Treating kids like people lets you get a look into their minds...their bright, learning, minds. Well, I think that's part of the joys of being a mom.

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