The Power of "I Don't Know."


Last night I gave my daughter Robyn her assignment for language arts which included reading several paragraphs on Abraham Lincoln. The information included things like who he was, how old he was when he became president and that he was the president that freed the slaves.

Once Robyn finished reading she also needed to answer questions related to her reading.

Robyn was asked a question: Did most people agree or disagree with slavery? Why or why not?

Robyn's answer was "I don't know." My initial reaction was "There must be an answer!"

I asked her to give me the paper she read so I could find the answer. The answer was not within the reading.

I began to feel empowered by Robyn's answer for the following reasons: If she were in the public school system(no disrespect to the system however it's my only comparison), in my opinion(and I could be wrong), she would have had to come up with an answer.

I also thought about society and how society is set up to make you come up with an answer. Who/what is God? Who/what do you want to do/be when you grow up? etc.

People don't necessarily feel comfortable when you haven't "picked a side" so to speak.

Overall I love that my daughter has time to figure things out for herself, and most importantly that her answer was her own.

"I don't know" says that you may not know right now and that's ok.

You don't have to know everything.

It's been my experience that just when you think you know something, you really don't i.e., you learn something from another perspective that you were unaware of before, because you are ready to receive that information.

In the meantime, you could potentially chose an answer that seems acceptable.

"I don't know" when you really don't, instead of saying what you think someone may want to hear, takes courage while you take the time you need to figure it out on your own.

You may never come to an answer that satisfies knowing something concretely and that's ok too.

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