How about – instead of do some exercise, we just go out and play games?
Let’s not go hiking. Let’s go exploring!
To kids, why do we say science?
We could just say: let’s blow stuff up. Or, let’s create something new!
Why do we say ‘learn to code’ instead of let’s make pretty things on screens.
How on earth do we expect kids to want to do these things when we use words they either don’t understand, don’t like, or are intimidated by?
Why do we always use the words we know to use, instead of the words that the audience will respond to?
I don’t want to be cold in -5 weather. But I do want to go to the snow.
I don’t want to repeatedly fall over and make a fool of myself, but I do want to learn to surf.
I don’t want to spend 5 days in the middle of a dessert at the peak of summer, but I do want to go to Burning Man.
I don’t want to spend 19 hours trapped with 400 strangers, but I do want to fly to New York.
I don’t want to get out of bed when it’s dark, but I do want to watch the sunrise.
We accept the downside of something when it’s simply a step on our way to get to the thing we really want.
So why don’t we communicate like this?