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Feb
10 2014

Curiosity is not a sin

Dear parent sitting in front of me in The Endocrine Clinic last Saturday.

Your child was just being curious and exploring the waiting room. He was not disrupting anybody. He was just touching things, opening (empty) drawers, smiling at random people and satisfying his natural curiosity.

Even the clinic assistants were so smitten by him. He had run into the reception areas several times but still, he wasn’t getting into anyone’s way. He even had free sweets from the clinic assistants, who told him to “give some to your mummy and daddy, okay?”

So why oh why did you grab him so bloody hard that he started crying out loud?

“Why I ask you to come back you never come back? (sic)”
“I told you not to touch anything, so why you still touch? (sic)”
“I told you to sit down, why you still walk around? (sic)”

Please let the kid be. Kids are naturally curious. It’s not wrong to be curious.

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  • 19 Feb 2014
    6:29 AM

    loudlysilent

    Ugh, and then parents wonder why their kids detach from them so much when the kid hits adolescence. Some people (a lot of people, it seems) should not have kids. I just read this from a dad observing a dad in a store yelling at his little boy: http://www.danoah.com/2010/09/you-just-broke-your-child.html Heartbreaking.

    • 23 Feb 2014
      9:43 PM

      brendalogy

      Love. That. Link. Thanks for sharing!

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