Let’s talk about the “F” word… failure! While it’s natural as parents and educators to want to protect our children, allowing them to experience failure is an important stage in learning and cultivating a growth mindset. Unless you’re free-solo climbing El Capitan, failing is rarely life-ending. So, say goodbye to “helicopter” or “lawn mower” parenting, and hello to a golden age of growth!
When one of my sons was little, he loved toy pirate ships. He had several, and he would play for hours. He had a few pirate-themed books that he enjoyed reading. We lived in Southern California during those years, and we would often visit Disney and cruise the pirate ride.
Now that summer is here, most families are spending lots of times outdoors. While working on academic skills throughout the summer is important, there are lots of ways to build them into outdoor fun time.
In this time of staying at home, parents are now called on to be teachers. But kids are easily bored. And most of us are not trained to be teachers. So how can we keep our kids fully engaged in learning in a way that works for the whole family?