The marks we see as signs of childhood immaturity are actually highly sophisticated tools for learning and growth. Play is a highly complex tool for developing a worldview, imaginary friends offer a sophisticated alternative reality that allows children to test the laws of behavior, and children’s uninhibited, “unfocused” attention is precisely what allows them to learn so quickly and rapidly. We don’t understand that the ways children interact with the world have developmental purposes of their own, necessary and complete as they are.
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