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Don’t hover! Give kids a chance to learn on own

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By The Staff

This week we take a look at Asset #32, planning and Asset #33, decision making. Earlier this week, I had a call from a parent who had me change my focus for this week.

I would like to focus on kids who have poor decision-making skills or don’t plan and how we as adults relate to them.

As adults, we need to help kids take responsibility for their actions, without going down one of two bad paths.

We should not hover but rather allow them to suffer the consequence that befalls their choice. We also should not turn a blind eye toward believing it could have been our child.

Here’s how it would have looked when I was a kid. If the teacher has said Bernadette was sticking pencils up her nose, I would have gotten a shot to the arm and been told not to stick pencils up my nose.

Some parents today would resemble a scenario like the following one.

Staff: “Bernadette was sticking pencils up her nose.”

Parent: “Bernadette wouldn’t do that.”

Staff: “We have a photograph of her doing it.”

Parent: “That isn’t her.”

Staff: “We actually have video footage with sound of her doing it.”

Parent: “Well, what did you do to make her want to put pencils up her nose?”


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