One is curiosity. Remember how we talked earlier about curiosity as a replacement for curriculum? Curiosity is the spark that encourages our children to explore the world.
So how might you show curiosity? When your child is interested in something, explore it with them. Find fun ways that things are connected to their interest: related TV shows or movies, museum or science centre exhibits, books or magazines, toys or games, arts or crafts, websites or blogs.
TIP: When our children are interested in something, we, as best we can, should slow down and meet them at their pace of discovery and exploration.
With patience, you will help them dig into their learning as deeply as they are inspired, plus give them the space to absorb it at the tempo that suits them best.
Need another reason? The positive effect on your relationship! Patience is a visible display of respect for, and understanding of, the child. In respecting their needs you undermine the concept of adult power over children; they experience a concrete example of *we're in this together.*
"Why is patience so important? Because it makes us pay attention."
~ Paulo Coelho