Gain valuable insights through the child's perspective.
Children see the world quite differently than we do. The world is new to them. They are experiencing so many "firsts" and trying to make sense of them. When we seek out their points of view, we gain valuable insights into their thinking, their questions, their fears, and the things that tickle their fancy and delight them. Take time to listen and watch closely. Let their perspectives inform everything you do in your day-to-day practice.
In our efforts to keep children safe, we often give them the impression we don't think they are capable. Consider how children might feel about themselves when they are allowed to use special things from the adult world.
Use these photos and questions to provoke your thinking:
An adult male and a small child both are standing on a paddleboard.
A woman showing a young boy how to strum a guitar.
A child hanging on a home-made swing made out of a plastic barrel.
What details do you see that reveal how the child might be feeling?
How might this child describe the way the adults view her or him?