I just returned from a vacation at the beach, and even though I had grand plans for my days away from the office (reading a good book, catching a summer action movie with my wife) I found myself doing something that I wish I did more: observing my 5- & 3-year old children.
Too often I find myself involved in activities with my children where I’m just too close to the action, but this past week I was able to just sit back and watch. And there were some terrific learnings. For instance, my 5-year old is fearless and she’s a leader. She has no problem walking up to children and opening the conversation with a zippy statement, like: “I’m 5 years old & I’ve lost 2 teeth. How many have you lost?”
Also, I learned that my 3-year old is a bit more reserved, but she has an innate sense of humor with a penchant for one-liners & comedic timing that would make the cast of Second City envious. Like when she told her 13-year old cousin to “Lock it up” because he wouldn’t stop talking.
And I learned these little insights from just sitting back and watching … not interjecting every 2 minutes like I normally do!