I was working on a puzzle with my 2 year old, and I was trying to show him how when the colors and patterns of the pieces match, they go together. He would listen and then continue jamming the pieces together at the points where they definitely did not match.
I don’t quite remember what age my other kids started putting puzzle pieces together though I do remember how miraculous it was. One day, they were bending and forcing pieces together and the next day, they were able to create the picture on the box. It was like all the gears started working in sync and they finally got it!
Observing children is such a great reminder that we aren’t supposed to get it from the beginning. Getting to “success” involves trial and error. It also requires our brains and bodies to develop to the point they are ready to do the thing. It instills resilience, compassion and so many other learnings.
What I love most about kids is they enjoy the journey as much as the destination. They are so present and open in what they do. Imagine what life would be like if we could embody even 1% of that.