What do you do when your child has no clear passion, or when the things they choose to spend their time on don’t appear to be “educational?”
Today’s parent question is the most common I ever hear!
Help: my child is not interested in anything academic!
When we exhaust typical school-style learning and then take the risk to pivot to our children’s passions—at least for a season—what do we do when our kids pick passions that look pointless?
- Do you wish your child would spend less time on the iPad?
- Are you wondering how on earth whittling wood could be considered educational?
- Wish you could turn the school subjects into their passions instead of skateboarding?
Join me for a discussion about how to wave the magic wand: turning ANY passion into a gateway of learning.
It’s so easy to dismiss what looks like it’s a mere passing craze. But you never know where it might lead!
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One morning, my son Noah — who was 9 at the time — famously said to me: “I hate my life.” At that moment, I realized that I had been dragging him through a schedule and plan that met my needs to see progress and get things done, but I had forgotten to take into account how he felt about it.
At the time, I was a part of an independent study program in California that supported homeschoolers (back in the mid-1990s). I met with my supervising teacher desperate for ideas. I didn’t know how to teach the kind of learner Noah turned out to be. She handed me an article that featured brain research showing that children (and adults, let’s be honest!) learn best in deep dives — bursts. The typical school model of working through several subjects a little bit each day is contrary to how our brains like to learn best.
Brains prefer to immerse in the information—to wallow around, to make connections, to incubate the ideas, and they do it best when they are focused rather than spread thin.(more…)