Friday, August 03, 2007

Parenting - Slow down this summer!

Hopefully some of you lucky parents out there are getting time off with your kids this summer rather than having to work all the way through and leave them with childminders. It's tempting to schedule lots of exciting outings and activities ... but what about unstructured time?
Maybe we should also consider the value of a child taking things slow and having the space to think about what they are learning as they go through their day? How do children really learn? Is incessantly providing new stimulation and new learning experiences truly the best thing we can do for them, or do they need time off – time to assimilate what they have learned, ponder the world around them and draw their own conclusions about life by unhurried observation before launching into the next activity?
Happy parenting,

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