Our Family's Journey to Peaceful Parenting and Unschooling.
Friday, August 23, 2013
The Dangerous Book For Boys
at Christmas, Josh (8y) got a book called The Dangerous Book For Boys
from his grandmother, which includes all sorts of fun 'boy' stuff like
how to build a tree house, set traps, make secret codes, identify
spiders, etc (It'd be just as awesome for girls. I don't subscribe to
the idea of anything being for one gender or the other).
He never even cracked the spine. It's been sitting around for
six months. I've left it out in his path, but he'd brush right by it.
Lately it's been living on a shelf in his room, a room he is very rarely
in now that the cold weather has passed.
Until about an hour
ago. He came out of his room asking for some copper wire. I told him
regrettably I don't have any, and asked what he was going to use it for.
"Making a battery. From my book, The Dangerous Book For Boys."
Apparently you can layer quarters, tin foil, and do something with
copper wire to make a battery. Awesome. Until we can get to the hardware
store, he's outside with a friend working on some other thing from the
It was hard to let the book sit without pushing him to
read it, without pressuring him to just take a look. But he picked it up
in his own time, and I have a feeling he's enjoying it much more now
than if he had opened it simply to get me off his back. It is hard at
first to let go of the idea that we, as parents or adults, need to be
driving the direction of our children's educations, but it gets easier.
As you see all the amazing things they come up with and become
interested in of their own accord it gets much easier, and eventually
the idea that we need to coerce them into learning seems ludicrous.