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Emotional risk is simply running the risk of feeling bad. It may not seem like much of a risk, but often it’s the one that scares us most. We react by shielding our children from bad feelings. When we protect them from emotional risk—the possibility of feeling sad, scared, embarrassed, angry, or any other negative emotion—then we deprive them of the chance to practice dealing with these difficult emotions and recover from them

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Kindergarten can be a healthy place and a fantastic part of a child’s life. It can be a gateway to twelve more happy years of school learning. However, it’s getting harder to find a program that matches five-year-olds’ developmental needs. Individual teachers may make the difference in some schools. However, even seasoned kindergarten teachers who understand child development have a hard time keeping kindergarten age-appropriate. They have to follow new state curriculum requirements that expect kindergarten children to be reading, ready or not.

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Children have the right to interact and move through the real world for the majority of their day. It’s how they learn the complex task of being human. As Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains , says, Internet use reinforces distractedness. Being distracted, Carr says, means we’re more likely to follow the crowd, skip original thought, and have a harder time feeling empathy and compassion.

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As sociologist Frank Furedi says, children are socialized through interacting in their community, and denying them exposure to their neighborhood hurts this vital social learning. Kids need experience learning how to meet a variety of people and gauging whether to trust them, whether it’s a new sitter, the dentist, or a store clerk. Taking small social risks and assessing trustworthiness is necessary work for our kids. Talking to strangers is part of that.