We might wish we could be perfect parents, but our children need to see us being imperfect to learn important lessons about life and themselves.
Hiring a new assistant professor, MIT is looking for “unique and iconoclastic experience” and “evidence of extreme creativity.” What does this say about how we should be preparing our children for the changing world of work?
Who gets hired? Increasingly, the interesting candidate. Who has the more interesting life? Well, that’s easy: the interesting person. So let’s forget about smart or creative or good for a few minutes. How to you raise an interesting child? Here’s a five-part formula.
Over the years, I’ve noticed differences among parents that I believe explain some of the differences in how kids are doing in their teen years. The differences I observe have more to do with how parents play offense than how they play defense. Let me explain.
Take a moment to ask yourself: What amazing powers does your child have already? What discoveries are they making? What matters to them?
Parents can’t ensure their children’s success, but they can raise ready kids by helping them acquire knowledge, skills, character, and a sense of purpose.
If you are doing well or are committed to getting better at these seven things, then I’d say the answer is yes, you are doing a good job as a parent.
Using first principles parenting, we can trade off conflicting values and make the right decision for our children and ourselves.
I have a few parenting moments I’d really like back. For example, there’s the time I found my five-year-old playing with matches. Furious and concerned about what could have happened, I wanted to show her the danger of fire.