Risky Business - Getting Kids Involved

Written by Janet Whitehead / 17.09.2019 / Views

     The September Writerly Kit has landed on everyone's doorsteps, and I have to tell you, I wait with bated breath to hear the responses. What's been said so far has been good - but why am I more anxious with this kit than any others?




   It was a great and wonderful adventure collaborating with 8 kids, ages 4 to 14 -  kid from  Kamloops, Vancouver, Prince George, and England. The collaborations  included one camping trip with 4, including the 3 youngest.   


      I trust the kids and their contributions and was absolutely true to their recommendations curating this kit. I know how much this kit full of treasures can support writers. 


     But will others see how empowering this collection is?  It has a teddy bear, for goodness sake!  (and for very good reason)


      I'm pretty sure it's the best damn kit yet.  (Okay, it's possible I say that about all of them. If I really had to pick, I'm not sure I could. ha ha) But this one is surely the best,  IF the recipients actually spend time with the content; explore and try some of the activities; imagine themselves as kids in a number of scenarios or take their Sassy Muse more seriously than they may have in the past. 


     It's important for me to honour the curating process the same way I do for the one-on-one coaching process. 

      Let me explain: When I coach, the strangest questions can come up in my mind, or the most curious suggestions - and I know to allow those words to be spoken. Those are the moments that always have the most powerful impact on my client. I'm just the person who heard a strange question in my mind and said it. Even if, (or perhaps, especially ) the unusual question or idea makes no obvious sense to me. So, it's about trusting me, but what makes those moments the most important is that I trust the client has an answer. Those aha moments, when the client speaks the answer and recognizes the power of their own answers; well, not only does it feel magical, it skyrockets a person into the place they want to be.


     But in a coaching situation, the person has someone quietly waiting for the answer. So, they find their answer. Sure, it can take more discussion and questions, but someone is holding space in real time as they search for that answer.  


     Not true with the Writerly Kit. It feels a bit risky tossing a bunch of treasures that I see their value, and hope others take the time and find the value in it for themselves. Because getting things done (like damn books) doesn't happen by someone telling you what to do. It happens by finding the way that works best for you.  I Just sit back hoping the writers make their discoveries with the kid/ kit treasures to support them.  The kids know what they are doing.  Play is essential. As, apparently, is candy. 

     Writers, whether you have a kit or not,  go play, be curious, be sassy.  Advice from kids. It works like a hot damn.


P.S. To view the silly and wonderful contents of 'Kids and a Sassy Muse",  hulahoop your way here.


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