You’ve all heard the phrase “Put on your thinking caps”, right? Well, this is sort of like that, but the opposite version. There are many times when we, as parents and teachers, act a bit “slower” than we are for the sake of giving our children an extra boost of confidence to discover things on their own. This is what my phrase “Put on your dunce cap” is all about!

If you’ve ever stared in open-eyed amazement at a five year old who just found you in your “impossible to find” hiding spot during a round of hide-and-seek, you know exactly what I mean.

This pretend lapse of intelligence on your part is sometimes just the thing your child needs to get motivated and involved in a learning game. It gives them such gratification to find out new things while getting the chance to “teach” you something for a change. So go ahead and put your dunce cap on for some extra fun during the lessons, games, and activities that you do with your child!