Aesop's Fables
Necessity is
the Mother of Invention

Aesop's Moral:
Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Other ways of saying it:
If you want something bad enough, you'll figure out a way to get it
Figure it out for yourself

Aesop's Fable:

The Crow and the Pitcher

A Crow was dying of thirst when he saw a pitcher. Hoping to find water, he flew to it with delight.

When he reached it, he discovered to his grief that it was only one-quarter full. The level of the water was so low that he could not possibly get at it. The spout was too narrow, and he too big.

And he knew that if he tipped the pitcher over, the water would spill out before he could drink it.

He thought and thought. Finally, he had an idea.

He collected as many stones as he could carry and dropped them one by one with his beak into the pitcher. With each stone, the level of the water rose higher and higher until it came within his reach. Thus he saved his life.

The Crow and the Pitcher summary: This is probably my favorite fable, useful to every parent.

I preach the importance of school - and taking it seriously - to every child in my life, but the thing I try to encourage even more is applying one's brain power to a problem.

A child can be educated, but that doesn't necessarily mean a child has learned to think. The truth is, I know a lot of adults who can't be troubled to puzzle out a conundrum!

So while The Crow and the Pitcher is probably my favorite fable, "Necessity is the mother of invention" is by no means my favorite moral.

One's life shouldn't have to be at stake before someone thinks to think. My moral would be something along the lines of, "You have a brain; use it!"

As our children grow, we expect them to do more and more for themselves. When a child looks to us for help with something we know is within their capabilities, The Crow and the Pitcher is the perfect fit!

Necessity is the Mother of Invention.

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from The Aesop for Children, Milo Winter illus.

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