Dylan, aged 6
Becky, aged 37
Dylan: We’re learning about brains at school. Did you know that when you make a mistake your brain gets bigger? That mistake is a part of your brain and it doesn’t sink into your brain, but instead it goes onto the top or the side or the bottom or the diagonal – anywhere – and it makes a lump which makes it bigger.
Mum: Wow! So it’s OK to make mistakes?
Dylan: Yes. But if you make too many and just keep making mistakes all the time, then you won’t be learning. It’s OK to make mistakes by accident – don’t just make however many mistakes you want.
Dylan: Can I have a slush puppy?
Mum: Not at the moment. I’ve only just bought you an ice cream.
Dylan: It’s not fair!
Mum: It’s more than fair – I’ve not said no; just not right now. You’re wanting everything at once and things don’t work that way.
OK – if you have a drink and the level of the drink is half the height of the glass, would you see it as half empty or half full?
Dylan: [Thinks for a long time] Half empty?
Mum: There’s no right answer, but it shows how you can think about things in different ways. If you think the glass is half empty, you might always be sad and looking for more, which may never come. You might forget about what you’ve already got too – which will already be more than some other people have. If you think of it as the glass is half full, you’ll be glad that you’ve got some lovely drink and appreciate it more. It might even taste nicer! Do you understand?
Dylan: Yes, the glass is half full… But I’m only half glad about it.
Robbie The Tour Guide: 40 years ago I used to be a cowboy at the Gran Canarian Sioux City. I was shot and hung four times a day!
Dylan: How did you survive?
Robbie: We shot blanks – there were no pointy ends on the bullets, just the powder to make them go ‘bang!’.
Dylan: Did they just bounce off you then?
Robbie: They didn’t go anywhere, they just made the noise. And when I was hanged, I wore a parachute harness under my jacket – with a hook at the top.
Dylan: Did YOU have a gun?
Robbie: Yes – it was a real gun. I had to leave it behind, with myat the end of each day.
Dylan: What did the horse do with it?
Robbie: The horse went into the stables and I left the gun with my colleague, the sheriff. We were enemies during the day, but we were friends at the end of the day.
[Dylan looks perplexed]
Mum: He was acting, Dylan. It was his job to act – in a show about cowboys.
Dylan: I want to give David a present. What can I give him? Can I buy him something?
Mum: No. You can make him something though.
Dylan: I’ve got a GREAT idea!
Mum: What’s that?
Dylan: We can do some painting again – you can do a picture for the cleaner, and I can do a picture for David!
Mum: OK. What will you paint?
Dylan: I’ll paint him a picture of the submarine we went on, because he’s not going on it.
SUBMARINE, SHIPWRECKS AND FISHES
Mum: Have a look at these videos from the other day.
Dylan: We could do Tickled Pink, Green for Growth with it!
Mum: What’s that?
Dylan: When you say two things that are nice about it and one thing that you could do to make it better next time. We do it at school, every morning at circle time when people talk about their things they’ve made.
Mum: That sounds like a great idea! Go on then – two things you like about the videos.
Dylan: I like that they had dolphins in them and they were nice and clear.
Mum: Thank you, and one thing I could do better?
Dylan: Ummm. Maybe next time you could take the video when people were quieter.
Mum: Perhaps I could take the sound off and play some music over it…