Kids don't like studying. They don't like to be lectured, taught, instructed, or corrected. If they could have a day of their dreams, it would be playing all day and eating sweets and junk food. Nobody would dream of spending a day at school.
Anna Gnatyshyna, CNE.news
Job Title: Columnist CNE.news
Anna lives in Kyiv and runs an Evangelistic Children's Club. She is a Children's Ministry Coordinator in Eurasia with the organisation OneHope. Anna studied theology and is a guest teacher at the Kyiv Theological Seminary.
In my apartment, there is a special box for children. I don’t have children, but my friends do. And their kids know where the box is. Whenever they feel bored with adults (and that happens often), they go to the box to entertain themselves.
Albert Einstein once said, "Play is the highest form of research." Children and playtime are a match made in heaven. It's almost as if they've earned a Ph.D. in fun-having. The moment they spot a playground, a cardboard box, or even just an empty corner of the living room, their eyes light up, and they're ready to start their adventure.
Children have an amazing ability for turning everyday conversations into high-stakes negotiations.
I saw a funny video of a woman who accidently found out herself locked out of the house while she was playing with a child outside. However, she was lucky to have one window open. So, she got her 3-year old through the window and then asked him to pull the chair up to the front door, climb on it and open the door lock. It seemed like a one minute task.
The school season has started. It is usually a relief for parents who were watching their kids during long summer months. However, for many families it is the start of new season of “Survivor” TV series, when every morning they need to get their kids ready for school.
Kids love gadgets. When they are toddlers, they prefer to play with gadgets rather than toys. When they get older, they prefer playing games on tablets to reading a book. And somehow, they naturally learn how to use the gadgets much faster than the adults.
Kids can be very blunt. Their bluntness can lead to some funny situations, as well as some embarrassing ones.
Life is usually divided into a period before having kids and one after having them. These periods are so different that they even feel like different lives sometimes. Children are almost a paradox, a blessing and a challenge at the same time.
I remember that tired father walking in reverse with his toddler on a moving walkway in the airport departure hall. Well, the dad was walking while the toddler kept running. People were smiling because they knew that the father was trying to tire the toddler before boarding the plane.