Did you know there’s over 4000 episodes of Sesame Street?  That’s a lot of lessons to cover.  This video shows an example of teaching a child to count with some added fun.  It reminds me of a day I was at the park with my daughter and she was looking closely at a spider on a slide.  She proudly told me it had 8 legs.  Then she asked how many legs a ladybug had.

I quickly answered – 6. I wasn’t sure though. I was trying to picture one. Then I was thinking of other beetles. Was it 6? Was it 4?  Luckily, I was right.

It got me thinking though. Aren’t we really quick to avoid saying – I don’t know? While we might be expected to have all the answers, the truth is of course, we don’t.  This is coming from someone with more random knowledge than most people.

There’s nothing wrong with saying I don’t know and then spending time looking it up together.  It’s a great excuse to spend more time with a child and encourage them (and you) to learn.

I think it’s far better to say I don’t know rather than make something up that isn’t true for the sake of looking smart in that moment.  Not always knowing builds authenticity and trust.

Here are some good additional articles on building trust:

Do you recall a time where you were too scared to say I don’t know?  What about an example of something you were able to learn together with a child?

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