Parenting

Summary

  • Encourage curiosity.
  • Create conditions for learning.
  • Help them develop productive skills and habits.
  • Provide clear, consistent, mild discipline.
  • Allow for plenty of free play.
  • Limit activities.
  • No quitting on a bad day.
  • Be a good example.

Parenting

  • Encourage curiosity.
    • Figure out what you are interested in doing, what you care about, what you’re good at. (“Prepared”)
      • Discover your strengths and likes.
    • Curate exploration. (“Prepared”).
      • Curate and select options (“buffet”).
      • Provide choice within.
    • Expose to wide variety of topics to pique interest, curiosity. (“EconTalk — Robert Pondiscio”)
    • Encourage sampling. (“EconTalk — David Epstein“)
      • Help to understand what’s out there and available.
      • Help to get maximum signal about yourself out of activities (what do you like, what are you good at).
  • Create conditions for learning.
    • Learning begins with curiosity. (“Prepared“)
      • Enable kids to follow their curiosities and interests (they learn more).
      • As they learn more, they get better at learning.
      • Expose (spark interest), explore (do projects) and pursue.
    • Safe, stable and stress-free learning environment (“Brain Rules for Baby“).
      • Praise kids for effort, not outcomes.
      • Learning from mistakes, normalize errors.
    • Motivated parents. (“EconTalk — Robert Pondiscio”)
      • High expectations.
      • Discipline.
    • Repetition. (“EconTalk — Doug Lemov“)
      • Many “at bats”, practice.
      • Variety: variation of contexts.
    • Writing.
    • Beginner mindset.
    • Imitation.
    • Learn by doing.
      • Experience failure and realize you can survive it. (“The Fragile Generation“)
      • Develop emotional resilience.
  • Help them develop productive skills and habits.
    • Mastery in one domain may lead to mastery in other domains. (“EconTalk — Robert Pondiscio”)
    • Understand that for some things there may be a critical window. (“The Drive with Peter Attia — David Epstein“)
      • At a young age, more time to commit, more time to make mistakes and learn.
    • Matching (“Prepared“).
      • Realistic sense of self (interests, strengths, skills).
      • Realistic sense of options (credible, relevant pathways).
    • List of useful habits: see “Prepared“.
  • Provide clear, consistent, mild discipline.
  • Allow for plenty of free play.
    • Kids don’t need as much supervision as parents think they do. (“Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids“)
      • Kids don’t complain about parents not spending enough time with them.
    • Free play helps kids develop and learn social skills. (“The Fragile Generation“)
      • Learn to make friends, overcome fears, solve problems and generally take control.
  • Limit activities.
  • No quitting on a bad day.
  • Be a good example.

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