How to respond? There are voices in our head… voices that say: germs….gross….wet soggy socks… ….ugh…. unsanitary….we must make sure this child stops tasting socks…that is our job…..
A colleague shared this moment with us, and heard all those voices in her head. But instead of voicing these responses, she paused. She thought about what the child might be thinking, she thought about respecting the research, she thought about listening more and talking less.
And then she asked: “Always?”
The child answered: “Yes, always.”
Isn’t that a beautiful response?
(Kinda makes you want to taste your socks, doesn’t it?)
“Be careful what you teach. It might interfere with what they are learning.” – Magda Gerber.