The answer is utterly simple.
Because, I love exploring how kids think. What makes them do what they do and react they way they react?
Just stop and imagine what the world would be like if everything you saw and did was new and every experience your first.
Think back to your childhood. Think back to when the training wheels came off your two wheeler. Think of the first time you rode that bike and didn't wipe out in your neighbour's rose bush. What about the first time you rode your bike to the library, or to school - by yourself?
And, I have the most inspiring discussions with my girls. This morning's conversation with my seven year filled me with joy. The following is a good example of the types of daily chats I have with my children. (Usually prior to 8
on only one cup of coffee.)
Youngest Child: “Mommy, when is Daddy going to kick me out?”
Youngest: “When is he going to kick me out of the house?”
Me: “Oh, sweetie, he’s just joking. He won’t kick you out. But someday, probably after university, you’ll want to move out.”
Youngest: “Oh, no Mommy, I’m not going to university.”
Me: “Oh, what are you going to do instead?”
Youngest: “I’m going to live on the lam.”
Me: “Do you know what that means?”
Youngest: “Yup. I’m going to live in the wild and go to places that no one has found yet.”
Me: “Where did you get this idea?”
Youngest: “Bugs Bunny. He never went to college.”
Youngest: “I know that mommy. I don’t want to be Bugs Bunny. I’m going to be Tweety Bird.”
Me: “Well, you’ve gotta’ have goals.”
With logic like that following me around every minute my children are in my presence, what choice did I have?
Law? Too serious. Medicine? Too icky. Writing children’s books? Just right.