Curiosity opened my son’s brain and body to a new idea and a new possibility. No force. No struggle. No, “Try it, you’ll like it” required. These would’ve been futile attempts to control his dining experience. When our children’s brains and bodies sense controlling energy, they can go into defense and protection mode, such as, “I’m not trying that!” as they tightly close their mouth.
When we invite them to be curious and explore, their brains and bodies feel safe, open, and in the present moment. Curiosity motivates our little ones to explore, learn, and grow. Research has shown greater curiosity is associated with better learning.