This “genius” or curiosity “spark” is what propels children to naturally enjoy learning how to participate intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically with the world. This “genius” inspires children to happily discover through trial and error, observation, movement, language and so forth, all the intricacies of being human.
This “genius” guides children down the exciting path of self discovery and cannot be imposed or “engineered” – it must come from within.
Questions to Ask Ourselves as Parents
How often do we, as adults, interrupt this natural drive to become a part of the world?
How much of our solving, saving steering, hovering, doing-for interferes with this process?
- Are we nurturing this “genius” or limiting its unfolding?
Think about it. Leave a comment and then join us for a discussion with Rick Ackerly, author of The Genius in Every Child.
More on this topic over the next few weeks!
Amazon Book Review: The Genius in Every Child: Encouraging Character, Curiosity, and Creativity in Children
Don’t let the word : “Don’t let the word “genius” in the title mislead you. Rick Ackerly’s book, The Genius in Children, is not about children with “extraordinary intellectual power” – the definition you might find in the dictionary. He does not suggest that all children are geniuses. Instead, Rick returns to a lesser used definition of genius: “the tutelary spirit of a person, place or institution.” He makes the case that each child has a genius, a spirit, spark, or as Rick call it, “a unique me that is becoming.” By nurturing that genius, we can help children to “maximize their potential academically, socially, physically, and personally.