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It’s important that he stays curious

Jack isn’t too interested in learning how to ride a bike like the other kids in the neighborhood, but that’s okay. He is successful in other ways.

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One Mom’s realization on how “success” can look different for every child.

“I call myself a tiger cub mom. I see all these five-year olds in the neighborhood riding their bikes and I’m thinking, he should be riding a bike. Maybe I should sign him up for bike lessons. But I realized I had to back away; riding a bike won’t make him a successful 6-year old. Riding a bike is not going to make him happier; it’s not going to make him a better person. It’s just going to stress him out. So, we’re going to drop it and that’s okay. He has interests beyond this.⠀

Jack is passionately interested in learning about the Titanic.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

At some point it went from not understanding what the Titanic was to full force Titanic mania in our house. The Titanic has been a fabulous way to talk about history, to talk about science and nature. We’ve had a lot of discussions about being wealthy vs. poor. We’ve done a lot of research on the passengers and where they were, from. We’ve talked about people from different countries, what they did, and why they were coming to America.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Jack asks a ton of questions. It would be easy to google or have Alexa tell him, but by not answering his questions and saying, let’s do a project on that, we’re learning a even more. It’s a challenge as a parent to feed the beast that is this curious child!

Now that school has started, his teacher asked, What are your expectations for the year?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

I told her, “it’s important to me that he maintains his curiosity and that he continues to be happy and builds confidence.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

– Sarah in Columbus, Ohio