I am constantly amazed at the resiliency of children. Yesterday I attended my 5-year-old’s homeschool end of the year showcase. Every kid came from different backgrounds, had focused on a different project, and showed off their different strengths. At the end of the talent show, one teacher got up in front of everyone and talked about the “adaptability” of these remarkable children.
This got me thinking. Being a military parent, we move constantly. My daughter is 5 and has lived in six homes. Next year it will be seven. We’re constantly asking her to leave a place and adapt to a new situation. These other homeschool kids, while they may not move around as much, are asked the same. And it’s not just kids schooled at home, it’s any kid that’s being continuously asked to change up their norm; to walk into a new room, meet new people, focus on a new project. At the beginning of the year, my daughter struggled with math. But my husband’s been working with her almost every day since January, and she has soaked it in like a sponge.
These early years in a child’s life are remarkable, and often we don’t realize just how adaptable they are both physically and mentally. When I was first considering joining the Navy, my family often spoke of creating an adaptable child. It is probably one of the most underestimated gifts parents give their sons and their daughters.