Children are like EXPLORERS coming to a new land or an entirely new plant. Everything they SEE, FEEL, TOUCH, SMELL and HEAR is NEW. Everything is a DISCOVERY. ”How will altitude affect me in this climate?” ”How does the force of gravity work?” ”I wonder what will happen when I mix this strange looking substance with that other one?” As adults we tend to forget this when young toddlers (or even older children) experiment with reality. We so easily JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS of thinking that the child is being NAUGHTY, OPPOSITIONAL and DEFIANT, that they are doing BAD things on PURPOSE or at the very least, that there’s something WRONG with them because they bite/punch/hit/throw/scream/smear/spit/squirm in situations where WE THINK they SHOULD be BEHAVING in a manor/situation outlined by and for adults. We tend to have completely forgotten our own CURIOSITY, our ADVENTUROUSNESS, our ability and interest in experimenting and testing things out. (and risk making mistakes.) When last, did you for example experiment with making food? When last did you play around with what clothes to wear when getting dressed? When choosing your route to work? Heck, I even order the same pizza every time. lol So - rather than becoming angry with our children (or worried that there’s something wrong with them) when they act in ways we don’t understand, why not be explorers ourselves? Explorers of the world that is to be a CHILD? And maybe, just maybe, we might reconnect with a part of ourselves that was not lost, but certainly forgotten. And we will understand that our anger and dismay towards our children ’ACTING OUT’ actually stem from the suppression of our own EXPRESSION when we were children and were told that we were bad, that we so deeply FEAR. And maybe, if we forgave our parents, we can forgive ourselves and gift our children a parent as much as fellow explorer of what it truly means to be ALIVE.