By Renee Smith | J&R Tutoring Academy of Indiana

Renee_blog-photo_72dpi. . . with proper credit to Art Linkletter (and apologies to those who may not remember Art), but this comment and book by Linkletter are as true today as they were when Art first said them.

One of the more fun things we did when we created j&R Tutoring Academy was to hire a graphic designer (a great one!) to design a logo that reflected our business and philosophy. We have been using two variations of the logo. We finally decided that we needed to decide on one, and a few weeks ago we asked several of our friends to vote on their preference.

For those of you reading this who voted, we thank you! The seal version was the overwhelming winner.

What, you may be wondering, does this have to do with kids or tutoring?

As I shared with you in my last blog, most children have a preferred learning style. This style affects how they learn and can explain why children in the same family do not respond the same way to parents’ requests or comments.

Children also see the world differently.

The young son of one of our voters also offered his opinion. When he looked at the seal, he said, “That looks like the Wendy’s girl!!!” Now we do not plan to begin offering hamburgers, but we do hope to become a place where kids want to go! We have laughed and shared this story numerous times in the past couple of weeks.

The adults who looked at our two logo choices were considering the professionalism of them; how well our purpose was reflected; and which one best represented who we are. The child saw a girl who represented hamburgers! We had not given any directives to those who voted – just to let us know which one they liked the best. However, several people did explain why they liked one over the other.

The child reacted to what was familiar to him – a hamburger restaurant!

How many times has one of your children offered a perspective on an event or situation that never occurred to you? Do you stop to enjoy their view of the world? Do you allow yourself to appreciate a child’s perspective?  Have you asked any follow-up questions?

Ironically this is what a tutor does. A tutor asks the follow-up questions.  A tutor takes the time to probe, learns what the child is thinking, and helps the child understand the world around him – or her.

Next time your child says something witty, stop and find out what prompted that witticism.