My biggest fear is messing her up…

I read this today on Daring Fireball :

If you watch little kids, they are intensely curious, always exploring and trying to figure out how things work. The problem is that school drives all that curiosity out. Instead of letting you explore things for yourself, it tells you that you have to read these particular books and answer these particular questions.

This is so true. I am very thankful as a kid I was homeschooled for a while since I think that allowed me to maintain some of my curiosity. Now that I am a dad, when I look at my little girl I realize she is perfect and that the world and my stewardship could mess her up more than she would on her own. I need to maintain her curiosity and protect her from losing it.

Just look at that pic?

I have some work to do…




5 thoughts on “My biggest fear is messing her up…

  1. Aryo Kresnadi

    Thanks for sharing this. I am in the juncture of finding schools in Australia (finger crossed) for my two boys and what you wrote serves as a reminder that mainstream education/school is not (always) the primary source of education for them.


  2. Shanan

    the homeschooling makes so much sense when I think about the grown up Smitty. 

    Yeah, how to maintain curiosity and distinctiveness in the face of all the education and (let’s be honest) crap media from Disney Princesses to Facebook.

    I’m pretty confident that you’re well equipped to keep her distinctiveness strong.


    1. Michael F. Smith Jr.

      you – it noticeably tainted me 😉

      yeah. it is amazing how much is commercialized without even thinking about it. already worried about it all but we are making her see the world early. 5 months old and already got her strapped to my back and walking around cambodia. 🙂

      I hope so man.

      thx for the comment!

      miss u


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