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The Elephant's Child as Caregiver

by Elizabeth Jones
January/February 1998
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Do you ask questions? Young children do, as you've no doubt noticed. The Elephant's Child asked questions about everything he saw, or heard, or felt, or smelt, and so do they. Young children's curiosity, though sometimes exhausting for adults, is part of their charm. The world is a new place for them, and they want to know everything about it.

Do you? Or have you learned better, over years of schooling and being properly brought up? What you don't know won't hurt you is part of our folk wisdom. Don't ask questions and you won't get in trouble.

I think young children provide us with good models for our own learning. Being an active learner is a way to stay interested - in one's job, one's relationships, one's life. And it's a way to gain some power, to be able to predict and control some of the things that go on in our lives. Knowledge gives power is another, contradictory, part of our folk wisdom.

What's the worst thing that can happen to you if you're curious, if you observe carefully, if you ask, "Why?" You might get scolded or told it's none of your business. You might put someone else on the ...

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