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Why "Acting Their Age" is Exactly What Our Little Kids Should be Doing

Kelly Bos

EMBRACING THE SILLY HEARTS AND FUNNY ACTS OF LITTLE CHILDREN

I don't think I want to know a six-year-old who isn't a dreamer, or a silly heart. And I sure don't want to know one who takes their student career seriously. —Uncle Buck

My daughter acts like a seven year-old.

She often asserts her will, day dreams, and acts silly. And you know what? It is perfect —she's seven. Developmentally this is exactly how she should be. There are amazing things that happen at each age and stage and also some challenges which can sometimes drive a parent crazy.

My husband will joke to my daughter, “What are you, seven?” when he knows his expectations might not be taking her actual age into account. You see, seven, or four or even 14, aren't always the age we want them to be in the moment. We might want a bit more maturity in the thought process before they decided to hide when we need to get out the door, or maybe a little less two years-old with their reaction to not getting cereal in the grocery store. Completely understandable in the moment desires of a parent. But if there is anything we know as parents it is that time goes quickly, too quickly, and we don't want to rush them growing up, in fact we often wish we could freeze time...

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