Unfortunately, our current mentality of always-trying-to-get-ahead has spilled out and infected other personalities as well. Just look at any parent – worried about their child doing “enough.” Enrolling children in karate, soccer, multiple music classes, art classes, drama classes, STEM, coding, Legos …. all this because this overwhelming urge to always be doing something has infected us all.
“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family." Mother Teresa We noticed that from a very young age our oldest daughter was naturally more reserved and cautious. She did not seem the kind who would be outgoing and reaching out to build a social network. Naturally, we are concerned about her reservedness impacting her future in this brave new world we live in. We also realized that she had a natural affinity to art, and more importantly, she loved art. When she was in kindergarten she asked to take a private art class! We wanted to...
For me the experience with the oranges was another lesson of how we really should not fight the transitory nature of life. Whether it is the change of the seasons, a change in job, a change in place, any change in circumstances – accept it as the guest that you are. And that’s when you will experience the full sweetness that life has to offer.
Easily one of the hardest things about parenting is saying “no” to your child. Whether it’s to that toy at the checkout counter (those suckers always get us with their colorful, eye-level-for-kids display!) or that dessert because lil one has not finished her vegetables.
But how do you say no when you are trying to encourage development at the same time?