Many years ago, before I became a parent, I discovered Josh Waitzkin and his book The Art of Learning. At the time, life was all about yours truly. By nature, I am always seeking ways to be better and to grow as a human being. The Art of Learning spoke to me for those reasons. In the past few years as I have revisited Josh’s work, I have become enamored with applying his ideas to parenting and to early childhood education.
More specifically, recently, I have been studying resilience. I worry that my children given their rolling out of the red carpet birth into this world will be weak. I worry they will not be resilient and embrace entitlement.
How do we teach our kids to do good, to be good at whatever & whomever they face every day?
Here are a few golden nuggets inspired and taken from Josh’s work in which we can absolutely apply to our work with children.
- End your day with high-quality work.
- Embrace the learning process as organic and from a long-term perspective
- Seek out challenges, don’t avoid them. Be willing to overcome a challenge rather than shy away from it.
- Find a way to embrace the chaos, the discomfort, or the fear
- Push yourself to experience and to understand what you’re capable of
- Make space in your life for the creative process; minimize the input to maximize the output
- Begin anything new with a child’s enthusiasm
- Get to know adversity and its place in your life. In other words, learn from failure and mistakes.
- Be present & engage with the people closest to you
- Many times throughout the day, shift from stress to recovery and back again
- Distinguish the macro from the micro; depth over breadth; dig into the micro to understand what makes the macro click
- Lay the foundation and understand the fundamentals
- Know yourself & your emotional make-up; accept how you respond naturally and work with it
- Accept your goodnesses and weaknesses
- Listen more than you talk
What are your tip for raising resilience kids?