Learn by Doing
And what did Athena learn today? That merrily sliding down carpeted stairs feet first and on your belly is fun only until the rug burn catches up with you.
For the record, I didn’t let her do this; she was doing it when I came out of my office (ironically, to check up on her because I hadn’t heard her do anything for a few minutes).
“You really want to stop doing that,” I said.
“Why?” she said. “I’m having fun.”
“Wait about five minutes,” I said. And what do you know, I was right. Let’s just say I had a similar incident three decades ago.
The nice thing about this is that there’s a pretty good chance Athena’s a fast learner. Not that she won’t do this again, of course. She’s a kid. She will. It’s just that next time, she’ll wear overalls.