As parents we’re tasked with teaching our children… but every once in awhile we learn something from them. That’s what happened today. I learned something from my 9 year old daughter.
Her Valentine’s Day box for school is due tomorrow so that was our project for this afternoon. We had been discussing all week what she wanted to do for it. She loves Legos and soccer so she wanted a Lego block box with a soccer ball on top of it.
I didn’t get it. The two things in my mind didn’t go together. Why not just do one? Stick to one theme and it would be less work. After hearing all my reasons why it wouldn’t work she was still determined to proceed with both. So that’s what we did and that’s when my lesson began.
The Lego block box came together quickly. I cut pieces of pink duct tape for her and she covered the shoe box and K-cups with it. She was pleased with how it turned out.
Next, was the soccer ball. That proved to be tricky. We tried several different ways to make one but they always looked off and never like an actual soccer ball. She decided that perhaps that idea wouldn’t work but in the process came up with a great idea for using chop sticks to make a sign for the top of the box.
I was wrong for trying to talk her out of her ideas. Had we not tried making the soccer ball she might not have come up with the other idea.
That’s when I learned that sometimes its OK to think like you’re 9. Forget about what you think you know or why you think something won’t work and just go for it. You might fail but you also might just be on the path to a great success.
“Failure is success in progress” – Albert Einstein
In the end we were both pleased with how her Valentine’s box turned out.
What lessons have you learned from your kids?