”I am not sitting here, 15 whole feet away from my kids, because I am too lazy to get up. I am sitting here because I didn’t bring them to the park so they could learn how to manipulate others into doing the hard work for them. I brought them here so they could learn to do it themselves.“
WOW. The only thing that stopped me just quoting the whole thing is blogettiquette – you MUST read every word of this!
About a year ago I chided another playwork blogger for entertaining, or at least implying, that helping children is part of what we do as playwork people. This far better expresses my perspective than my querulous commenty bloggage of last year.
So I must reluctantly confine myself to a few choice quotes, those perhaps most pertinent to people who work with other people’s children:
”It is not my job to keep them from falling. If I do, I have robbed them of the opportunity to learn that falling is possible but worth the risk, and that they can, in fact, get up again.“
”I want my girls to know the exhilaration of overcoming fear and doubt and achieving a hard-won success.“
”I want them to believe in their own abilities and be confident and determined in their actions. “
”I want them to accept their limitations until they can figure out a way past them on their own significant power.“
”I want them to feel capable of making their own decisions, developing their own skills, taking their own risks, and coping with their own feelings.“
”I want them to climb that ladder without any help, however well-intentioned, from you.“
Read the whole thing – maybe even memorise it and quote it next time somebody asks you “why?” – read it here: