I recently had a parent-teacher conference about my youngest daughter, Noa, with her kindergarten teacher who’s a rock star. We were talking about how Noa’s very capable overall, and is a child who does things when she’s ready, and on her terms. “Her terms” is the key phrase, which Steve and I wholeheartedly support.
He relayed to us a time when the kids built this elaborate structure where they were playing a very involved game. Long story short, the building ended up crashing and many of the kids were upset and feverishly trying to rebuild.
Noa, on the other hand, grabbed a snack, laid down in the rubble and went, "eh.” Sometimes in the face of a catastrophe or big challenge, we need to follow Noa's lead and take a deep breath, take stock of what we have, and grab a snack.