Kids are amazing. They are capable of things that we, as supposedly more developed adults, can’t even begin to accomplish. I’d even go so far as to say they’re downright superhuman. They’re tougher, smarter, and all around superior to we alleged grown ups.
For example, my daughter had her one year check up earlier this week. It involved a finger stick. I’ve gave these to people back in my days as a Navy Corpsman, and I know how some people flinch over the little stick. They can absolutely freak out. After the stick, they wince in pain. My one year old daughter? Nothing. The finger was pricked and she didn’t even look like anything happened. She only started to get fussy because the nurse kept holding her finger and, like her father, she values her freedom.
That’s only one small example. There are plenty more.
Another example was a friend’s young son. He fell backward and hit the corner of a brick wall. Every adult present just knew he was going to cry. He hit it pretty hard. Nope. He got up, brushed off his backside, and went back to what he was doing. Me? I’d be on my way to the hospital for x-rays immediately.
Kids are definitely tough, though some might believe that it’s just because they don’t know some things are supposed to hurt in the first place. I beg to differ.
You see, kids happen to be Houdini-level escape artists, are able to get into packages that flummox adults, and accomplish physical tasks that you just knew they couldn’t do. Sure, those physical tasks often involve cookies that are supposed to be out of reach, but still…
I won’t pretend to understand it, but kids are capable of so many things at early ages. It seems they only lose that after they grow up and “learn” what their limits are. Maybe that’s where we’re dropping the ball? Why teach kids their limits, when we should teach them to push them?
My children are amazing to me. My son excels at math and science, subjects I sucked at. My daughter, at just a year old, shows a physical toughness that would make a Marine proud. I don’t want them to have limits. I want them to have temporary boundaries of what they can do and what they can’t do yet.
The question is, will society let that stand?