- Family and Parenting
The Curious minds of Kids
Me and My curious mind
As a youngster, like other kids, I had a very curious mind. I asked my parents some questions and some I’d try to figure out myself.
For Big English Words, my dad was my dictionary. I can’t count how many times, I’d say to him “Dad, what’s the meaning of ……..” and straight away, he’d explain to me. I will share a few things that got me real curious. This was between the ages of about 4 – 7.
The Newscaster – while looking at the man on the TV read the news, I used to wonder why he never turned when I moved to another side of the Living room even though his eyes were still looking at me from the screen. I expected him to swivel round slightly when I moved to the other side of the room. He never smiled either – Just kept on talking with a straight face.
Secondly, Growing Taller. I wondered how I grew, so at the Eve of my birthday, I would stand with my back against a wall and mark near the top of my head with a pencil. On the morning of my birthday, I would do the same to work out how much taller I had grown overnight, but there was no difference in height. It always puzzled me.
Tooth Fairy. When a tooth of mine came out and I put it under my pillow. I tried staying awake so I could meet this lovely, glittery fairy, but never did. The disappointment soon wore off though, after finding money under my pillow.
London Telephone boxes. I always gave them a strange look, making a mental note never ever to walk near one or even go in one, as I was convinced that I might never come out. That was a result of watching too much Dr Who. I have since learnt that the Phone Box in Dr Who is called - TARDIS.
"The Scary Boxes"
From the photo – The Blue one is the one in DR Who Series, The red one is how Telephone boxes used to look in the 70s. (There are still some about now). As a kid, both looked similar and scary to me.
Little Elena "The Young and the Restless"
Curiosity nearly kills the Cat. This final one, happened in Africa. My mum found it easier to boil water in a big pot. It was about three times the size of a kettle. All she had to do was pour water in it and insert a boiling ring, which was plugged to a socket. She called me aside one day and asked me never to put my fingers in the water when the boiling ring was switched on and as I replied nicely “Yes mummy”. One day, while she was out, I wanted to see what would happen if I did. So, I put water in the pot, switched it on, picked up a spoon and slowly dipped it in the water. Well, I threw it away as soon as it touched the water. It gave me a little electric shock. How dumb ?!! Hope she doesn’t read this.
If it had resulted in a serious Accident, some people would blame my mum not knowing she specifically warned me.
I’ve learnt that the one thing you ask kids not to do, is what they actually get curious to do. These days, I’ve noticed kids don’t like to eat vegetable. So, when I have kids, I’ll say to them. “Eat the ice cream and the cake but don’t touch the Vegetable, don’t even look at it, infact, don’t try to put it in your mouth!" I wonder if it would make them satisfy their curiosity and in the process, then “decide” to like the taste. Is that what they call reverse Psychology?
It would be nice to read other people’s experiences. Are there any things that got you very curious as a child.?