Each week we change the words/quote/saying that we are displaying on the noticeboard in our kitchen; these are the words we try to live by individually and as a family that week. Some weeks may focus on lifting our mood, others may be about motivation or attitude to life; something that speaks to us on some level and that we can directly apply to our lives. Changing the words each week stops them from becoming just another thing you walk past without really seeing, it keeps things fresh and stops them losing their power. This series is where I share those words with you in the hope they may help you and your family too.
Without further ado, this weeks words are:
If you have ever spent any amount of time with children you will know that they are endlessly curious. This can be annoying at times when they have asked you the ‘why?’ question for the hundreth time that morning, but at it’s essence it is how they learn about the world around them. They are hungry to learn and they question everything; Why is the sky blue?, What makes the sun hot? How does this toy work? What do leaves/grass (insert any number of disgusting things here) taste like? You get the idea. It is a magical thing that we as adults could do with remembering (although maybe not the eating thing).
As we get older the majority of us seem to lose this curiosity. We may occasionally wonder how something works but that’s as far as it goes. Children will follow through with their curiosity, they will ask someone, they will take things apart to try and understand them, or just to see what is inside. We still have the thought but instead of finding out we just make up something probable and move on. What if we didn’t? What if we let ourselves be curious and see where it takes us.
Here are some of my favourite quotes about curiosity:
“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create the possibilities. ” – Mario Testino
“I have no special talents. I am merely passionately curious. ” – Albert Einstein
“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.” – Albert Einstein
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” – Stephen Hawking
“Enjoy every step you take. If you’re curious, there is always something new to be discovered in the backdrop of your daily life.” – Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
This half term while I am out and about with the kids I am going to try and harness this feeling and I think you should too. Curious about something? Explore it. Wonder where this path leads? Take it and find out. Wonder why that tree has a carving, or looks like it has a face? Make up stories about it. Not rational boring explanations but fairy tales, the more extravagant the better. Everyone will benefit.
We need to foster curiosity in our kids and not let it die, we should be encouraging them to ask questions (no matter how tiring it can be at times). It helps them engage in the learning process. If they ask a question you don’t know the answer to, help them find out whether it be searching the internet, checking the local library or asking someone who you think will know the answer. If you don’t have time right then, instead of brushing them off, acknowledge that it’s a good question and offer to write it down so that you can both look it up later.
Children learn by example. If we harness our own curiosity, not only will it benefit us, but they will learn a valuable life lesson too.
Are you a naturally curious person? Do you ever follow through on it? Could you do with taking a leaf out of the kids’ book?