I love seeing the amazement of wonder on a little child’s face. They are so aware of the newness of the world around them. It is as if each day, each experience is wonderful and exciting. Then they start to read and a whole new world opens up to them – they no longer just run and play and explore outside (though hopefully they still do that) they also dig into worlds they have never seen and are unlikely to experience simply by reading a book.
Sometimes we think our kids lose that sense of wonder as they grow up. I’m not so sure that is true. For sure they may well lose the sense of amazement about the travels of an ant, or the blueness of the sky but if they have interests, passions and talents they are developing they have retained their wonder – it is just about different things.
Aristotle said: Wonder implies the desire to learn
To wonder means to be curious about, to ask questions, to probe, to observe and be amazed. As parents we need to let our children grow in their wonder. We cannot expect the same things that inspire a toddler to inspire our teen. Has your house grown with your kids so that element of wonder is still there?
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