Have you ever been told to act your age, not your shoe size? I know I have, growing up as a child and throughout my adolescence, there would be times when I would be super playful and enthusiastic, but the adults around me didn’t like that.
So what happens when a kid gets excited and all of a sudden, they get shut down by an adult or authority figure who says, “Stop that, calm down, act your age and grow up.”
You may have heard someone tell you this at some point throughout your life as well. What happened to you in that situation?
Maybe you became a little more closed down, you would be hesitant to speak up or get too excited. What happens in that moment is we lose a piece of who we are and what makes us human.
There’s a lot to be learned from kids. They have an innocence and sense of wonder that we as adults can lose along the way if we don’t nurture our childhood instincts.
Instead of always trying to teach kids how to live, what if we make an effort to learn from them?
Do you remember what it’s like being a kid? Everything was amazing, our curiosity and imagination ran wild. We were eager to try new things even if we had never done it before or didn’t feel prepared, we just did it anyways. We would constant ask “Why, why, why?” because we genuinely wanted to learn more about the world around us.
Unfortunately somewhere along the way, we lost that. Maybe it was a parent, teacher or authority figure who “set you straight” and shut you down from your natural, innocent, playful behavior. Not because they didn’t mean well, but because that’s just how society has been up until now. We as adults are expected to be mature, professional, orderly and there’s no room for play.
Thankfully education is changing and we are learning to work with the younger generation on what interests them so that they can engage more and learn better.
Our guest on the show today was Tedx Speaker Crystal Martens. She fills us in on the new direction education is taking and what she has learned while working with kids and people with special needs.
By: Bren Dubé
Hear more on episode 44 of The Implicit Show