Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Thomas Edison and Parenting
From a very early age, Thomas Edison began playing with wires, car batteries, chemicals, using household objects to create unique inventions. He often got in trouble for taking a part things in his parent's house and for SETTING THINGS ON FIRE.
I'm not kidding.
At one time in my life, I would have read right over that stuff, never thinking twice.
As a mother, I stop...reread those paragraphs to myself while my boys stare at me. My mind drifts off, to a different place...until one of the boys says, "Mom...mom...are you done reading?"
No. I'm not done.
Actually, I'm sitting here, in the middle of a school lesson having a mental break down about our life.
How do I inspire creativity and encourage real life, out of the box thinking in my kids?
What if Thomas Edison's mother cared more about her house being clean than her son getting to explore and think, create and invent?
I read the descriptions of these great inventors and scientist's lives as children and immediately think..."Car batteries? She let her kids play with car batteries? He lived to set two things on fire? Where was his mother?"
Sorry to be having a nervous breakdown today.
I thought this unit on inventors and scientists was going to be a bore...a chore.
Instead, it has me wanting to set up creativity stations in our house...places we never clean...places where my kids can make a mess and never apologize for it.
I want to rethink life...
"Do my kids have enough time to create? Do they have enough time to think? Do I encourage creativity in them?"
I'll leave you with my favorite quote from Thomas Edison, the man who invented over a thousand things...the man we can thank for movies, mp3 players and light bulbs.
"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration."