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IT’S THE MOSTWONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
I’m sure having a mother who’s a teacher helps, but my children have an intrinsic love of learning. They’ll actually ask her for homework — they can’t get enough of it. Every night, my oldest reads to us and does math problems. When my younger daughter sees this, she steps in and wants to do the same. My wife has built a whole separate curriculum to keep up with their incessant desire to learn. She designed a complete set of flashcards dedicated to it. Back to School
succeeded because they loved what they did and knew that the more work they put in, the more they could achieve. Even with all the learning that goes on at home, watching my daughter head out for her first day of school is always a little tough. My youngest is doing everything she can to keep up with her sister, so when it’s her turn, I expect it will be just as challenging. Back to school isn’t just an event for my kids. My wife has been teaching for over 10 years, so every August is her time to ramp up the curriculum for the school year. She is always tweaking lesson plans and learning new methodologies to reach kids better. School supplies always go on sale in the fall, so after class is in session, she stockpiles those for the following year. In a way, I suppose back to school is the most wonderful time of the year — not because I’m “free” of my children, but because I get to see them succeed at something they are passionate about. That’s why I love it, and I hope to continue to see my kids embrace their love of learning.
One of my dad’s favorite commercials growing up was from Staples. It shows a father running through the aisles of the store as “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” plays in the background. Two kids follow behind him dragging their feet as the father gleefully throws school supplies into the cart. He parades through the store as if he’s a kid at Christmastime who can’t control his excitement. I never understood why my dad thought that commercial was so funny. And now that I’m a parent, I still don’t. My oldest daughter loves going to school — she’s not one of those kids dragging her feet or kicking and screaming — and I love the time I get to spend with my girls before school. I help them get ready and make sure they have all their stuff. Most of the time, I’ll do their hair, unless their request is beyond my capabilities, in which case I call in the big guns and Mom steps in. If they need a simple ponytail or pigtails, I’m your guy. But if you start talking braids, then I’m out of my league.
“To achieve new objectives, you have to be internally motivated.”
It’s almost as if we’ve inadvertently created this breeding ground of learning that schools and parents try to replicate. I give credit to my wife and kids because I don’t think you can force a desire to learn down someone’s throat. The more I read Carol Dweck’s book, “Mindset,” the more I understand that a growth mindset is the key to learning. But a growth mindset is something that is fostered, not instilled. To achieve new objectives, you have to be internally motivated. The greatest athletes, scholars, and musicians
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