Engaging reluctant ‘badgers’: what would you do?

BadgerReluctant badger from ‘He Got Caught’ cartoon

I always liked old Russian cartoons that I used to watch in my childhood. While they might look less colourful and dynamic than Disney’s animations, their characters are truly endearing. I still enjoy watching some of those cartoons and as an adult, I always discover something new in them, something I have not spotted when I was watching them as a child. Here is one of my favourite Soviet cartoons called “He got caught”. The little mouse in this cartoon is so much like me as a child. Although I was the youngest and the smallest in my family, my explosive temperament and stubbornness (oops, I mean persistence, determination and resilience 😉 ) were definitely making up for my inferior physical characteristics.

My children came across this cartoon the other day.

“Which character in this cartoon resembles me?”,  I asked, expecting them to point at the little mouse.

“Oh, you are so like this squirrel”, they giggled.

“The squirrel? Hm…”. Their answer puzzled me at first, but then I thought they might be right. I looks like I did change my ‘character’ over time. I’m not a little mouse any more, I’m more of a ‘squirrel’ now, just like the one in this cartoon.

“The little mouse is me,” added my youngest child with a big grin. So true. Other children laughed.

“And I’m the beaver”, chuckled my oldest child.

“And the badger”, they all burst into laughter; “We have the badger in the family too…”

“Oh yes, the badger,” I thought. We definitely have the badger too. I bet you have seen such badgers in your life. How would you get such reluctant badger to engage with family life and activities, to get out of his or her comfort zone, to develop new skills? What would you do?

HumanBadgerFrom The Medical Journal of Australia