Is been a long time since i updated the blog. Sorry folks, due to my business which I have been putting a lot of focus on and also the addition of my daughter to the family, I have not had time to pen down my thoughts. In this post, I would like to share something which I think is unique about my son; His fascination with elevators.
If there is one thing that my son could forgo his play time with his toys, it will be to go take elevators at different places. I have been wondering all this while, what is it about the elevator that my son loves? To me, the elevator is like a magic box that just brings you to whichever floor you want to go to. You go in and press the button and within minutes, you will be at your destination floor.
I began to read up a little bit and go through my thought process on taking elevators. The first thing you do when you get to an elevator is to press a button. It can be up or it can be down. In a kid’s world, buttons are fascinating. What’s more, a lift button can light up! I realize that pressing buttons have a long term learning effect. When i was a kid, i loved to press buttons too. I see a button, i just press, I don’t even care what happens after that. As i grew older, I start to think before i press a button. Example: What if i press the emergency stop button in the train? That’s gonna cost me a fine and also delay in journey travelling time. If i am a park ride attendant and I press the start button for a roller coaster ride, the roller coaster will definitely start moving. It kinds of triggers a “cause and effect” learning curve in my brain. Pressing different buttons causes different things to happen in different scenarios. By experiencing what happens upon pressing a button, this cause and effect thing starts to get ingrained subconsciously. This is actually a good thing because this translates to how a kid is able to make decisions upon certain triggers when they grow up into adulthood.
To a certain extent, i think being able to dictate which floor an elevator can reach to by a press of a button is somehow “magical” in a kid’s world. To a kid, everything can be magic. Can you imagine, if you want to go very high, all you just need to do is to press a button and soon you will be up there. In Singapore, we parents even me somehow sterotype our kids. We want our kids to have this and that thinking and we try to ingrain in them. As a kid is growing up from the age of 1 to 6 years old, we should let our kids have their own imagination, be creative. create this magicland feeling in them. We hit our kids with the reality of life so early. Cmon, by you complaining to your kid how stressed your day is at work is not going to help anyone. Let our kids enjoy their growing up years and give them a proper childhood as best as we can.
The next thing about the elevator which gets us parents screaming is the “call button” or the “alarm button”. I have seen parents tell their kids don’t press this button ah, later police come. Eh Harlow, the last i checked our law, police will not arrest your child for pressing an emergency lift button ok?.. I think we should be teaching our kids that we should only press when we are stuck. Don’t need to use this “police will come” tactic on our kids.
I think there is something about the call/phone button in certain elevators that kids are fascinated about. Today I brought my son to the nearby CC and we took the lift. He asked me if he can use the call button to call his grandma. I was shocked. Then i realized our kid’s imagination is far beyond what we can imagine. Often is us parents that kill their imagination. The best thing was I told my kid just press and try it. In the end somehow no one picked up.. LOL. Seriously, take a chill pill. So what if someone answers and scolds you for pressing it. Come on, you won’t ever get to see the person who picks up the call. Relax!
An elevator does provide excitement for kids and i have been reading articles about kids who are fascinated with elevators. Some say, they grow up to be very detailed people (Somehow I don’t see the link…..), others say is some sort of OCD behaviour. However I simple bo chup (do not care). Right now, my kid can tell me the number of floors the neighbouring blocks has, he can remember the number of floors that vivocity, harbourfront, the various orchard malls and other places which he has been to. To me it is no short of an amazing memory!
It is the interest of parents to develop a kid’s interest. I have started even reading on an elevator’s mechanics so that i can explain to my boy on how the elevator works.
Just to interrruppppppppppppppppttttt my own train of thoughts. I realised i never talked much about my daughter. Yes she is growing well and is now about 7 months plus old. Can’t wait for her to pass the 1 year mark. Darn, our kids grow up so fast. Very soon in xxxxxx years, my Friday night chilling out plans can come to pass!
Back to the elevator topic. My final thoughts is that to other parents whose kids love elevators and are concerned.. relax! I was also concerned why my kid loves to take elevators so obessively, then i realised it could just be this phase of growing up.
Cheers.. and yes, this week is Father’s day too. Happy Father’s day to all the dads out there!
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