The question my husband then posed was, "What do you think her intention was?"
I love to watch children and imagine what might be going through their little bodies as they explore and discover their environment. When we believe that motivation behind any action is pure, authentic and necessary for growth, the action then becomes curious instead of hurtful.
Children are innately curious. They will conduct experiments with everything at their disposal to continue to harness knowledge. Every conclusion we make, sparks many more, so if curiosity is not broken somehow, it will continue to transport the child into an innovative adulthood.
And how do we break this natural cycle of curiosity and growth? Criticism, lack of acceptance, the deadly NO! Adults are well-meaning, but every stop, no, don't, can't are heard as stop exploring, no curiosity allowed, don't discover, I can't be me.