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No longer seeking aid
   With his tangled blocks
Instead he puzzles through
   Solving them himself

He presses on the proofs
   Letting himself out
His problems overcome
   As he figures free

From → Poems

  1. Rebecca permalink

    Your little guy is growing up! And trying to navigate his new independence. Is he better at certain problem solving situations than others?

    • Deborah permalink

      Yes, like most kiddos, if he wants something bad enough, he will find a way to get it! Sometimes I miss out on his solutions because I’m too much in a hurry and can’t see problems the way he does. He surprises me with his genius (which he totally gets from Dada!). When something happens out of order, though, he loses his ability to think clearly, which impedes his problem solving. For example, he still has trouble when a banana breaks in half or he spills water on himself – crocodile tears!

  2. Deborah permalink

    This poem describes Matthew’s amazing problem solving ability in general – specifically, it is describing how he is currently infatuated with a Steam video game called “Cogs.” The game presents a variety of puzzles (like those tiled puzzles where you can only move one tile at a time to create the picture), and you have to solve each puzzle in order to make the final picture fly away or do something fun. It’s very mechanical in nature, though (connecting cogs, wheels, and pipes to create a moving path), and the puzzles get harder as you complete them. Matthew is able to do many of them unassisted and will ask Dada’s help when he needs it (this is not Mama’s forte). Just to be clear: This is not a child’s computer game – it is a sophisticated puzzle challenge with an engineering perspective. Oh, and Matthew is 4. Did I mention that he’s amazing?!?

  3. Beth permalink

    I love it when kids strive to be independent. I also find that it requires a lot of patience, not just for the child but the parent. It is always our instinct to help our children succeed in every way. But we must also let them try, fail, then try again. Only then will they learn the value of accomplishment.

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