What’s Your Word? It’s Curious.

Today’s word is brought to you by the lovely Natalie. I swear if my kids met Natalie’s kids they could take over the world with their strange form of genius, wicked glares and totally adorable faces.  Natalie is also a mom of 3 and writes at Mommy of a Monster – and Twins.  Yep, she has one monster and then two more identically aged little minions to raise.  We are so on the same page.  Natalie is honest, funny and a fantastic friend in this world of the internetz.  Please show her some love and check out her Monster Mommy Moments series, where I am guest posting today.

Curious:  Natalie Style

I was always too tentative and unsure of myself to be curious when I was a kid.

I was scared that I would break something if I tried to figure out how it worked.

I was scared to venture too far from home because I didn’t want to get lost.

I was scared to be the first one to peek into the window of the “haunted” building at the end of the street for fear of what I might see.

I left curiosity up to others. Just tell me what I need to know, I don’t want to figure it out myself. That was how I thought about it, and that was a huge mistake.

Being curious, stepping out of the known into the unknown, is what helps you learn and grow. Webster’s defines curiosity as: Disposition to inquire, investigate, or seek after knowledge; a desire to gratify the mind with new information or objects of interest; inquisitiveness

Apparently, I lacked the inquiring disposition that came so easily to others. I was always so fearful, so self conscious. Where did it come from? Did it come from my parents saying “Because I said so” when I asked “Why?” Or did it come from my shyness, from being an introvert? From the fear of being wrong?

I don’t know, but what I do know is that I really want my kids to be curious. I want them to experience life to inquire, investigate and seek knowledge. Ask why and keep pushing for an answer. Find out how things work. Venture out and away from me to learn how to stand up on their own two feet.

I guess to me, curiosity comes with confidence…somehow I see them as going hand in hand. To be curious, you have to be willing to fail; maybe you won’t be able to figure out how something works. Maybe you’ll break it. But at least you tried. And that was a trait I didn’t nurture and learn to love until much later in my life.

But curiosity is also such a beautiful thing to watch somebody else experience! Watching the kids outside looking at a plant sprout and trying to understand how that little green leaf will turn in to a carrot. Or how a bee can land on a flower and then make honey. Seeing the ocean for the first time and being scared of it. Trying to put together a puzzle and figuring out how the pieces all fit together. Finding the confidence to jump from the side of the pool for the first time to see what it feels like to “fly” through the air and land in water.

And as they get older, it will mean that they will do things they know they shouldn’t do simply to see what it feels like.  This kind of curiosity is one that I am not looking forward to.

Curiosity is learning, and I hope that it’s a trait that my kids will embrace, experience and enjoy.

What's Your Word?

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Next Week’s Word is Manners!

How do you roll in your house?  Old school or new school?  How important are manners to you and which ones do you emphasize?  You can write or post a photo or vlog.  This week I will probably vlog it as I have some funny stories on this subject.

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