One really good thing about being 4 years old is that your dreams can be as big as your imagination. And your heros turn up in all kinds of places.
My 4-year-old nephew Fred can’t wait to drive a tractor. He is machinery mad. He watches his father and older brother driving and can only imagine what it is like to be that grown up, driving down the road in the tractor of his choice (a New Holland of course). To be big enough to drive, that would be it. His life’s dream accomplished. Heaven.
My mother remarked that she remembers my youngest brother and his friend being just the same at that age. “Tractor mad. Couldn’t wait to get going!”
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I think kids around that age are great. In their eyes, life is simple. Goals and crazy dreams are all the same thing.
Nothing is too wild to imagine or achieve. Driving a tractor or flying to the moon. Both equally amazing and ’sometime in the future’ achievable to a 4-year-old.
But the best thing about this age is that anyone can be your hero. You might admire Spiderman or Dora The Explorer, or your dad because he drives a JCB, or your older brother because he takes you with him in the tractor. Sometimes your mum will be a hero because she makes the best dinners when you are hungry and she almost always magically knows how to make things better. All one and the same. Heros all.
I like this advice that DD1′s teacher gave her class this year on how to treat the younger kids in school. I’m paraphrasing a bit because I heard this secondhand from DD1 but it goes something like this: Behave and be great, because there are little people out there who already think you are great. Don’t let them down. What fantastic advice!