First of all, let me clarify that by simple I do NOT mean stupid. I don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea.
Children seem to see the world differently than adults. Everything is an adventure. Smiles come quickly and easily. They find pleasure in the smallest of things! How I envy them. I know I was once a child, and I’m sure I felt the same way, but I don’t remember it. I have a ton of childhood memories (which is strange, because some days it’s a challenge to remember what I had for breakfast), but I don’t remember how it felt to be a child. When at work (I’m a nanny), I wish I had a special cord I could plug into them and regain some of that simple pleasure. Okay, I admit that was poorly worded and could be misunderstood. I hope it’s clear what I mean.
It’s so simple to entertain a young child. Put a magnet and some paperclips on the floor and the fun goes on for a long time. Bring out the wooden blocks, and kingdoms are built. A “fort” built with chairs and blankets makes a perfect clubhouse. Paper and finger paints produce a world of wonderful imagination. It can also produce a very big mess, but messes come with the job description. I try very hard to join in on the fun and excitement of these simple activities. I’m sure to another adult, my joyful clapping and dancing around would look completely ridiculous, but the kids don’t mind. I guess I’m accepted as one of them.
Now, the complications come into play with emotions. Children are all over the board with emotions. They are raging bundles of emotion! The problem is, they don’t really understand them and have trouble controlling them. They react naturally to the emotions.
I am mad so therefore I scream
I am sad so therefore I cry
You ticked me off so therefore I bite
The biggest challenge in my job is trying to help children understand emotions and learn how to redirect or control them. It’s also why I love my job. Watching a child go from one big bundle of emotion to a much more controlled, calm person is a wonderful sight! It also saddens me just a little bit, if I’m truthful. I don’t want them to lose that excitement, that freely given laughter or the wonder of discovery. Those are qualities I wish everyone could keep forever.