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Please Don’t Help My Kids

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One parent’s plea to the other parents at the playground: please don’t help my kids.

“They’re not here to be at the top of the ladder; they are here to learn to climb. If they can’t do it on their own, they will survive the disappointment. What’s more, they will have a goal and the incentive to work to achieve it.

In the meantime, they can use the stairs. I want them to tire of their own limitations and decide to push past them and put in the effort to make that happen without any help from me.

It is not my job — and it is certainly not yours — to prevent my children from feeling frustration, fear, or discomfort. If I do, I have robbed them of the opportunity to learn that those things are not the end of the world, and can be overcome or used to their advantage.

If they get stuck, it is not my job to save them immediately. If I do, I have robbed them of the opportunity to learn to calm themselves, assess their situation, and try to problem solve their own way out of it.

It is not my job to keep them from falling. If I do, I have robbed them of the opportunity to learn that falling is possible but worth the risk, and that they can, in fact, get up again.”

(via @delfuego)

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All I Want for President’s Day is My Two Front Teeth

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Last weekend Tyler lost one front tooth. Last night we were brushing his teeth and the other front tooth fell out. All I want for President’s Day is my two front teeth doesn’t really work like it does for Christmas but oh well.

Posted in index Tyler on February 16th, 2013 by Jeremy at 7:35 am with (35 views)

Elizabeth: 14 Weeks

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NPR On Learning: Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning

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Chinese schoolchildren during lessons at a classroom in Hefei, east China’s Anhui province, in 2010.

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I loved this piece from NPR from November of 2012.  Whether you have kids or not, this makes a lot of sense.

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Posted in index In the News on February 9th, 2013 by Jeremy at 12:16 am with (99 views)

Google Vs. Bing: You Decide

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Let me know your outcome.  Very interesting.  http://www.bingiton.com/

Posted in index Technology on February 8th, 2013 by Jeremy at 9:44 pm with (71 views)