We have created 6 dogmas that can be good to have in your back pocket when we start projects with our children. The dogmas are great for keeping the adults on track and reminding us what provides the best setting for a good game with the kids.
Watch the child's curiosity
Children's curiosity tells you where they have their natural flow and thus the gateway to their potential.
2. Keep the magic
When we keep the magic, we tell the kids that, what we do with them is important and we take it seriously. Children, like us adults, love to be taken seriously.
3. Allow your child to unfold an idea.
Folding out ideas requires space. It is not always that we understand what the children are doing. If you want to create space for your child's creative power, you need to make room for things that you do not understand and cannot immediately see. It can be good for both the adult and the child to set up a framework for the space where the idea unfolds.
4. Create activities together.
Kids love doing things with adults.
If you really want to give your child an alternative to screentime, you are a part of the equation.
You must start by inventing something that you also find fun to do with your child. If you, yourself aren’t engaged in the game, the child will notice it right away. It is difficult to keep the magic if we are not truly invested in it ourselves.
5. Take your influence seriously.
Our influence on our children is constant and significant. They do what we do and they believe in what we do. If we are in a hurry, we teach them that busyness is the right thing. The choices you make for yourself are the reality you create for your children.
6. Make a game around everything you want to do anyway.
Getting started doing things with our kids can feel overwhelming. Start by creating a game around what to do. Make it simple. Remember that you have to think it is fun - there can be a run-in phase if you are a very goal-driven and effective person. Once we have surrendered to the game, it's fun - it applies to all of us.