If only science worked that way

Lately, The Five-Year-Old has taken to balling up pieces of otherwise perfectly good computer paper, tossing them at random around the playroom, and then instructing me in a very stern voice not to pick them up until she has documented the experiment’s results.

After a bout of kitty asteroid tossing, The Five-Year-Old naturally wanted to review the results of the experiment with her father.

The Five-Year-Old, didactically: “Daddyo, tell me what you have learned from my discoveries.”

Daddyo, curiously: “What are your discoveries?”

The Five-Year-Old, patiently: “I don’t have any discoveries until you tell me about them.”

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to If only science worked that way

  1. Pingback: The Safety Conscious Five-Year-Old | CATERPICKLES

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