Let your tots do what the Japanese kids do on the TV show “My First Errand,” and I’ll be visiting you at Sing Sing.
Take a look at the video I posted at Let Grow. The kids look like they’re about 5 and 3, and off they go — to several different stores — to get the ingredients (that look spectacular) for dinner. There are tears and then — triumph!
It’s not that American kids are so much less capable that kids in other countries, just that we act — or are encouraged to act — as if they are. At which point it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. As opposed to a shelf-filling prophecy, which is what these kids do. Gosh they get a lot of different food and oh my does it look good.
Let’s un-dim our expectations of what our kids can do, for everyone’s sake. (Not sake like the drink. Sake like…for goodness’ sake.)