Whatcha Doin?

I wasn’t born just yesterday

But I was born the month before 

‘n there’s so much in this world to see

So much to explore...

These great big folks, they seem real nice

And this one’s kinda goofy,

But I think her show’s worth twice the price

And her hair is kinda poofy

She says...

Whatcha doin?

I’m playin with my toes

Watcha doin?

I’m crinkling my nose

Watcha doin?

I’m snorting like a pig

Watcha doin? 

I’m growin’ up big.

Yeah, I’m growin’ up big

 

They feed me juice and smashed-up peas

And I smash ‘em even more

Last week I sent spaghetti-Os

Across the kitchen floor

They mostly laugh and say I’m cute

And then they change my diaper

This one here, she smiles and smiles

Though she’s my big-mess wiper

She says...

 

Whatcha doin?

I’m suckin on my thumb

Watcha doin?

I’m beatin’ on a drum

Watcha doin?

I’m trying to eat a twig

Watcha doin? 

I’m growin’ up big.

Yeah, I’m growin’ up big

And everybody thinks they know

exactly what I’ll be

Of course That’s everybody

Except for little me

I’ve got to do some things, you see

That might not all make sense

But since you asked, I’m doin’

What I do...

Whatcha doin?

I’ll keep you all in suspense.

 

Well there’s lots of time for dos and don’ts

I’ll probably find ‘em all

Good thing I’ve got these big folks here

Cause at the moment, I’m not so tall

I trust ‘em, even when they say,

“No, no— that stove is hot”

But that one, makes me giggle

‘n these days that’s quite a lot!

She says...

 

Whatcha doin?

I’m throwing a ball

Watcha doin?

I’m trying not to fall

Whatcha doin?

I’m rolling on the floor

Watcha doin?

Next week I’m gonna be four

Whatcha doin?

I’m jumpin’ in the pool

Watcha doin?

Getting ready for school

Watcha doin?

I’m dancin ’ a jig

Watcha doin? 

I’m growin’ up big.

Yeah, I’m growin’ up big

I’m growin’ up big.

 

Hey, you still gonna ask me that when I’m 18?

What are you doing??

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We wrote this song to celebrate the thing Nana says over and over that makes our grandson Fox just laugh and laugh-- "Whatcha doin?" We thought it might be funny to imagine what Fox might say in response to Nana's question... but channeling a bit of Johnny Cash while doing it.

It's a silly song with an important idea: kids need to be allowed to explore, play, experiment, fail, succeed, be silly... and whatever else comes naturally to their curious minds (safety being considered, of course). It may not make perfect sense to us adults, but the truth is, we human beings learn more in our first five years of life WITHOUT formal teaching than we do the rest of life WITH formal teaching. That's not to say teaching, education and schooling isn't important, it's simply to acknowledge that learning comes naturally to us-- and sometimes adults just need to stand back and marvel at the organic way their children, with encouragement and support, find ways to learn exactly what they need when they need it.

It's not a bad thing to remember that adult learning can happen that way too, sometimes. Adults need to be led by their curiosity into play and experimentation and need to allow themselves to find their "beginner's mind" all over again as often as possible. 

That's what keeps us learning and keeps us young.