Some children seem born to leap first and look later: you have to watch them every second to keep them from bolting into the street, climbing over the nearest fence, or pouring bleach into the baking soda to see what happens. Much as you sometimes wonder what you did to deserve them, children with such adventurous spirits often grow up to be groundbreaking reformers, scientists, or explorers.
First, though, you have to help them survive long enough to grow up.
Keep the Battles Limited
A reckless child is a child with built-in resistance to “don’ts,” and parents who try to regulate this child’s every move will be worn down long before he is. So avoid creating an atmosphere where he feels challenged to a fight at every turn.
Provide Opportunities for Safe Exploration
The naturally adventurous child needs high-energy play opportunities and lots of space (preferably outdoors) to run around. If her world is limited to a small apartment and television-set entertainment, of course she’ll seek out excitement in other venues—without regard as to whether they’re unreasonably dangerous.
Note to Teachers
Do everything possible to give your students room for active play and challenge in every school day. If you have a particularly restless soul who always seems to be in trouble of one kind or another, offer him or her some special responsibility—for example, creating a schedule of active educational games for next week’s recess—to direct that energy into positive channels.
A SCHOOL FOR ADVENTUROUS CHILDREN
At Shady Oak, we believe a healthy education requires more than sitting at a desk. Every day, we offer our students opportunities for challenge, active problem solving, and outdoor play. If your child lives for jumping into new experiences with both feet, he or she may find the traditional academic approach particularly stifling. Contact us today to explore whether Shady Oak Primary may be the right school for your family.
Blessings to parents and children of all ages!