In Katie Hurley’s article “7 Secrets of Highly Happy Children” (a title which, frankly, gives all away), she encourages parents to step away from the already overbooked calendar and encourage the practice of what was once known as “childhood.”
Hurley’s “secrets”, for the most part, were once universally practiced patterns of life. Among the seven enumerated (told you the title gives it away) are regular eating and sleeping patterns, and cultivating active, well-used imaginations. She also adds just enough terrible advice to keep it interesting (see #4 on her list where she labels foot-stomping, public temper tantrums as simple “expression” and encourages parents to let it happen).
To many of us, there will be little to nothing new in Hurley’s article; yet, after just one day of publication, it has garnered nearly 5,000 “likes” and over 1,300 “shares.” Clearly, the article struck a nerve, highlighting the sad truth that, apparently, such articles are now necessary.
This leads me to a few questions and, I hope, some helpful conversation:
- Why have such articles become so needful? What is your “gut reaction” to the advice given?
- Parents and homeschoolers, how have you learned to balance busy schedules while nurturing your child’s “childhood”? How can you improve?
- Teachers, how have modern parenting pitfalls (overscheduled children, lack of imagination, etc.) affected your classroom? How have you responded? What ideas do you have that might help other teachers?
- How are our schools doing when it comes to scheduling, work loads, etc.? How can they improve?