“Does he ever stop talking?”
“Does he ever stop talking?”
I loved playing volleyball in high school. I took pride in being a scrappy player. “Ball first, body second” was the motto that led me to be colorfully adorned with bruises all over my elbows and hips during each season. It’s also the reason I wound up in the ER (twice) for stitches in my chin. In my view, the ball wasn’t unplayable until the second it hit the ground. Up until that point, I did everything I physically could to get my body to the ball.
Talking to kids can come so easily. They have thoughts about everything and stories for miles. They see the world in a completely different light, and could ask enough questions to fill an afternoon. I, for example, could ask my second oldest son to tell me what he thinks about Star Wars, and I’ll have to schedule out the next four days to listen to his stories, conjectures, questions, analyses, and highlights. My contribution will be simply to say, “Yes!”, “Wow!”, and “I hadn’t thought of that.”
I have really been enjoying my podcast conversations with Emily Plank, author of Discovering the Culture of Childhood. Because her book is the NJC Read Along Book this year, we’ve had the chance to have several in-depth discussions about the observations she writes about.
I wasn’t surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed talking with Emily, but I was surprised by some of the feedback I got about our conversation in Episode 5, specifically about friendships in early childhood. Listeners mentioned that they had several light-bulb moments as Emily flipped their perspectives of childhood friendships, so I wanted to address that topic here on the blog as well. [Read more…]
In 2016 I set a goal to launch a podcast in the early part of 2017. Hopefully, the tail end of March still counts as early in the year, because I have finally been able to launch the first (very imperfect) episodes of Not Just Cute, the Podcast. The learning curve is steep when it comes to making podcasts. There is so much going on behind the scenes between inception to streaming that I never realized. But I’ve been lucky to have some wonderful experts to glean from, and after a lot of trial and error, I think I just might be getting the hang of this.
When Rae Pica asked if I’d like to join her and Ellen Booth Church for a discussion about the balance between cooperation and competition in our early childhood environments, it didn’t take me long to reply that I’d LOVE to.
The realization dawned on me as my husband was driving (because with four kids, it seems we can only have complete conversations when we leave the house alone). I had been rattling off some of the behaviors I’d been observing in one of our sons. Behaviors that were really getting under my skin.
He was worrying. Not just normal day-to-day worrying, but taking those little worries and blowing them out of proportion, then adding a few more unrealistic worries on top of them for good measure. He was tying himself in knots over situations he couldn’t control or change, situations that would likely never come to fruition anyway.
I was once asked during a presentation for a parent’s group what it is that preschoolers need most to prepare them academically.
Most parents know that kids need boundaries.
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