Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kid's Rube Goldberg device... and a lesson about kids

Dawn Lewis directed me to this:

The buildup is a little long, but the payoff is very sweet.

But now parents (and kids), notice: did this boy get excited and do a victory dance because of unconditional self-esteem? Or was it because he tried and accomplished something?

Loaded question. Of course, the latter.

Yes, parents should encourage their kids, and tell them we love them, period. But at the same time, we should encourage them to do, to try, to accomplish. And then we should praise them for their accomplishments.
Even a child makes himself known by his acts,
by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
(Proverbs 20:11)


Herding Grasshoppers said...

Three cheers from the Grasshoppers!


lee n. field said...

Dad's an engineer?

Magister Stevenson said...

I have a feeling I know what we're going to be doing when I get home from work.

Merrilee Stevenson said...

Rube Goldberg device vs. home-made version of Angry Birds with blocks and plush toys? Decisions, decisions!

(I'm thinking that for variation, you could assign a task to your readers, and we could submit our outcomes to you for a themed H&T. For example, the Lego nativity. Or Star Wars scenes re-imagined. Or Rube Goldberg devices. We gotta get the next generation of Bibchr readers involved!)

Now to figure out what simple task needs doing...

Herding Grasshoppers said...

What do you bet they're homeschoolers? Check out the background - books everywhere, periodic table of the element, etc.

Just guessin'

James Joyce said...

I like the Ok Go! soundtrack that went with it. Very appropriate.
I guess he settled for a monster trap after paint cannons inside the house were ruled out.

Alice said...

Now I know how to use that fushigi ball.