Stupid Questions

Yes, this sounds like a really harsh thing to say, but when you think about it, you will realize that your child needs every opportunity to practice and ultimately “learn” how to concentrate, if concentration is an important skill that you want your child to develop. And I’m sure that this is an important skill that you wish for your child to develop. It is for me.

(I’m putting “learn” in quotes only because it’s not generally something children actually learn how to do…it is natural for them to do, and generally “taught” out of them because of adult interference. Albeit in the name of love, wanting your child to develop important skills, and thinking you are helping…

With this concept in mind, understand what Teacher Tom (and myself) are trying to say… give your child some space to learn on his own, to just “be” and explore his world. Yes, if your child approaches you with an object, a book, a picture, or pointing to something in the environment that is interesting to him – talk to him about it! And by all means, be the instigator of interesting experiences. Count the numbers, name the colors, etc. But when your child is “in his own world” exploring his surroundings, don’t interrupt with stupid questions.