The best way to learn is by doing. It’s why one of our principles for raising children is to “let them slam their finger in the drawer”. Literally.
When our oldest was 13 months old and pulling a drawer out and closing it shut – we could have stopped him.
Instead, we watched patiently.
Waiting for the inevitable.
As it so often does, inevitable showed up: in the form of a smashed finger and 20 seconds of hysterics.
You know what happened 90 seconds later? He ventured over to that same drawer, opened it, began to close it and simultaneously lifted his tiny fingers out of the way. He wasn’t going to make that mistake again.
It is quite literally short-term pain for long-term gain.
It is also about creativity
Kids hear no 40 times more often than they hear yes. There is no better way to stifle creativity than to discourage trying.
Of course, don’t let them dart across a 4-lane highway. But find the times to let them slam their finger.
Let them try. Encourage curiosity and creativity!