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What kids are really doing when they climb trees.

This evening I sat my kids down, and asked them how they go about climbing a tree. This is what they told me ...

 

What kids are really doing when they climb trees. The next time you watch a kid climb a tree, sit back and enjoy it - you are watching the fudaments of management theory at work!

1. First they SEE a tree that might be good for climbing

2. They THINK and decide if it is a good tree for climbing

3. They PLAN how they will tackle the first bit (my daughter said she plans it in eighths)

4. They DO the first bit that they had planned.

5. They then told me they repeat the process, until they get to the ultimate point they wanted to reach, or get stuck.

6. They then PLAN how to get unstuck or down

7. They then DO the unsticking (their words not mine!)

8. They repeat the process until down or stuck again

9. If all else fails call Dad

10. They also told me it is easier if you work as a team

Put this into adult language and you have Assess - Plan - Implement - Evaluate probably the most fundamental of all management models. Add in the teamwork, and knowing when to refer to a higher authority and the kids are starting to sound like they have Management Theory nailed. So the next time you watch a kid climb a tree, sit back and enjoy it - you are watching the fundamentals of management theory at work!

What kids are really doing when they climb trees. The next time you watch a kid climb a tree, sit back and enjoy it - you are watching the fudaments of management theory at work!

 

" I like climbing trees because when I'm high enough I can pretend it's a secret base. The cars that go past the house have invaders inside, and I need to hide in the leaves"

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67 Comments

  • Reply Coral

    Wow, this is brilliant!! I have a regular tree climber (I’ve blogged about it a bit!) and I’ve never thought to apply this theory to what he’s doing. He loves climbing anything and, from now on, I’ll be encouraging him all the more!

    July 3, 2016 at 10:57 pm
    • Reply Coral

      Forgot #brillblogposts!

      July 3, 2016 at 10:57 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Tree climbing is fab for their brain development according to the experts – even if it is a bit hairy for us Mums sometimes 🙂

      July 5, 2016 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Sarah | Digital Motherhood

    That’s brilliant, I didn’t think there was much thought behind climbing a tree! #BrillBlogPosts

    July 1, 2016 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply MyCityMyLondon

    hehe! throwback to when i was a kid! I miss those days

    http://www.mycitymylondon.me

    July 1, 2016 at 12:00 am
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