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.
Concerning Kids is a bi-weekly column written by Anna Gnatyshyna from Kyiv in Ukraine. She is a Children's Ministry Coordinator in Eurasia with the organisation OneHope.
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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.
There are some moments linger in my memory. One of them is the moment I shared a ride with a friend’s family.
I enjoy buying presents for my friends’ children. The process is relaxing and so pleasant, but above all, it is rewarding. When I pick the present, I think of a girl and anticipate her reactions and emotions, when she gets the gift, especially if it is an unplanned present.
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.
Kids always want a pet. Whenever they play with the stray cat, or see a kitten in a friends’ house, they ask their parents to get a pet again and again.
What about kids?
Our Ukrainian columnist Anna from Kyiv dedicates her columns to her journey in understanding how a "cute little child grows up to become an adult with norms and values." With her writings, she wants to help parents with the Christian upbringing of their children.
Anna strongly believes in the significance of the impact that parents have on their children, "whether they want to acknowledge that or not." Upbringing shapes a child's personality, but also its norms and values and how it sees the world, she argues.
In her daily work for the OneHope organisation, Anna meets a lot of children. She herself also comes from a big family and loves to study the behaviour of kids. Her work gives her the opportunity to deal with babies, toddlers, school children, teenagers and adolescents, who each come with their own challenges.
By all she does for children, however, Anna has one main goal: Trust in God. "He can change the hearts of both children and parents."