Placement.

So for my Child and Adolescent Development Course, we’re required to complete several “placements”. Basically these are days when we watch kids of different ages, and take note of their physical and mental development.

In my first placement, I was sent to a preschool to watch kids aged about 3-5.

Now, I’ve had experience with kids before. I’ve worked in a summer camp for 3 years, and I’ve babysat on occasion. But for some reason, I’ve never had experience with this particular age. I’ve got to say though, they’re quite a funny bunch. Here are a few of my observations:

  1. This one girl was super proud that she could balance on one foot. In fact she came to me several times and showed off her new skill. She didn’t care that I was grown up, and that balancing on one foot isn’t a challenge for me.

  1. Right before going outside to play, this boy needed to go to the bathroom. When he came out, he was ALL dressed to go outside. Unfortunately, this consisted of a shirt, and rubber rain boots…. And NOTHING else… The teacher noticed right away and helped him get some pants on.

  1. All of the kids, boys and girls included constantly played pretending games. They were so imaginative! They played everything from ‘master chef to ‘HULK SMASH!’

As strange as this sounds, I learned a couple of things from those little kids. A couple of things that I used to know but maybe forgot a little bit.

  1. If you learn something new, no matter how seemingly insignificant it is, don’t afraid to be proud of yourself! Even though everyone else might know how to balance on one foot (or solve a math problem) that doesn’t diminish the fact that you’ve also learned how to do it!

  1. Don’t be afraid of what other people think. There will always be people who think you’re weird, but you just have to forget about them. If you feel like going outside with no pants…. UMMM… well I won’t advise you to do that, but if you want to become a nudist…. Don’t let me hold you back!

  1. Dream big! No dream is stupid. If you want to HULK SMASH, hulk smash, and if you want to be a master chef, do that! Who said we’re limited to being doctors and lawyers?

So umm…. Yes. I just gave you some entirely unqualified life advice. As if I’m your psychiatrist or something. (“And how do you feel about that?”) So, if you have any life tips to throw back at me, feel free to leave it in the comments. 

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