Years ago parents raised their children to have good character and be good citizens within the community. Now there has been a shift so that the general goal of childrearing is “happy children.” Dr. Keith McCurdy is a Christian child psychologist, who has noted this shift. He calls parents to invest in the sturdiness of their children, which will ultimately lead to their happiness. He also touches on maturity, anxiety in children, expectations and responsibility, setting healthy boundaries, and cultivating children who do not shy away from the challenges of life. Click this link to give it a listen and consider how this might help your children.
THE QUESTION You are the parent of an energetic, creative 4-year-old and you know that her education is going to have to be something special because she is something special. You have heard great things about Montessori schools, but still have so many questions. Does it really work? Most likely, you will open Google.com and start researching. How interesting that the founders of Google.com actually attribute a great part of their success to Montessori education! MONTESSORI AT WORK In 2004, Barbara Walters ran a story on 60 Minutes where Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google.com, explained that the Montessori environment gave them freedom to learn, cultivated self-motivation, and enabled them to see their world differently. It was that foundation that helped them develop into the innovators that they are now. Other successful, creative Montessori alumni include Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon.com), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel Prize in Literature), Julia Child, Will Wright (Creator of “The Sims” video game), T. Berry Brazelton (notable pediatrician and author), and more. It is THE question, right? Will this education model adequately prepare my child to thrive in the future? Will they be able to transition well into high school and college? Research says […]
A Personal Experience When my husband and I set out to buy our first home, we made an offer on a house that had recently been remodeled. The floors were beautiful, the countertops were flawless, and the paint was fresh. We were sold. The night that we made the offer, our realtor called to tell us that she missed some concerning information. Apparently, the foundation had severe cracks from the front of the house to the back, and from side to side as well. The owner tried to repair it before placing the home the market, but the reports indicated that they opted for a cheap, inefficient solution to reinforce the most important part of the home. Many potential buyers walked away from the house for that reason. We were no exception! No one would argue that a bad foundation affects the entire home, and no contractor would approve building on top of a foundation that was only 75% complete. This would never happen on a construction site, yet it is happening now in our educational systems. Sal Kahn on the importance of a good foundation In his TED Talk from 2011, Sal Khan (Founder and CEO of Khan […]