Recently, I have had the opportunity to work on several garden projects with some pretty amazing kids. Let me rephrase that. All kids are amazing and always end up teaching me far more than I try to teach them. But how often do we assume children are not strong enough, lack energy, courage or resolve?
So much of what kids do and think is egocentric—how can this thing or action benefit me, and only me, now? Adults help feed this attitude when they dismiss a child’s ability to perform even the simplest of tasks. Or when they do not allow room for critical thinking and problem solving by spoon feeding children the answers. A child might hear, “When you grow up you can do…..” But children of every age deserve the chance to prove their abilities in practical, real accomplishments.