Okay I have 28 days left in my 100 blogs in 100 days. Thoughts of doubt have resurfaced, “Can I do this?” leaving me to take a big full yoga inhale and exhale and resetting. Yes, I can, like the Little Engine That Could. This week I have heard from friends saying that they are fed up of the COVID ‘march’. There is a desire for things to return to somewhat normal yet the fear of a second wave. Which brings me to Calvin Coolidge inspirational quote:
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Connecting the ‘kindie’ dots to previous blogs on the topic of developing delayed gratification, persistence and grit with our children, again, I reflect on the importance of persistence. Also I can’t help but question is being persistent the same as being stubborn? How does this dovetail with the strong willed child? I believe there is a difference. Persistence is optimistic and filled with hope, options, flexibility and abundance while to have a stubborn mindset seems to be rooted in negativity, inflexibility, scarcity and protectionism.
What children’s story supports this mindset? A classic: The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper. In searching for a Little Engine read aloud and songs I hit upon these classics to share with your kids. First, fond childhood memories were triggered with these Captain Kangaroo links. Oh, he had the best soothing voice! In addition, the Captain is interviewed, later in life, reflecting on parenting, the media and popular culture. Second there is John Denver’s version of The Little Engine that Could song. A delight!
- Show your child the YouTube versions of The Little Engine That Could story and song. Chat with them about something that they were scared to do or lacked confidence. Ask them if a friend felt like they could do something, how would they coach that friend to overcome their anxiety or apprehension?
Quick Take Away Links:
Captain Kangaroo Reading: The Little Engine that Could
– about Bob Keeshan Captain Kangaroo
– an excellent interview with Captain Kangaroo
Persistence vs Stubborn