See Jane run.
From my early days of learning to read, Dick, Jane, and Spot always seemed to be up to something. Running here and there. Socializing. Problem solving. Saying Please and Thank you.
Dick and Jane didn't just teach us the words; they modeled how to behave in polite society. In today's world, we find things are much the same and, yet, they are very different. Back in the day, we learned the skills at school, and then had all the time in the world to practice those lessons. We'd get home from school, have a snack, run outside for some much-needed playtime with neighborhood friends, and finally go back home for dinner and a bath, still having enough time to complete a bit of homework. That time with our friends? That was when we practiced social skills, negotiating for our needs and wants, and learned the value of empathy, kindness, fair play, and compassion.
My, my. NOW we see how things have changed!
- When I was a child I was enrolled in one activity a week; today's children are scheduled, and over-scheduled, not only having daily after-school activities, but sometimes two or three commitments on the same day.
While summer is with us, while you have the time, put some strategies in place so you're well-prepared for the start of the next school year:
- Parents should first talk with one another and discuss the parameters for how often they want the family to have meals together, how time should be spent over school vacations, if they'll be agreeable to having children participate in activities that extend over those vacations, any carpool logistics that may be of concern, and any cost limitations for the family.
All of these ideas may seem a bit much, but, really, it's just a matter of strategically planning for what you wish to accomplish. After all, advance preparation, rather than just letting things happen by chance, will reduce stress and anxiety, as well as increase the chances for a successful and rewarding outcome.
And that is why Jane was able to run that long, and that fast. It was all a part of a plan.
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