Time continues to slip past us at an incredible rate. As we age, our perception is that time moves even faster. Before we realize it, we take the place of our parents and soon we will observe our children taking our place. When my aunt, the last of her generation, passed away last fall, my cousin turned to me and said, "Well, we're it now. WE are the oldest generation." When did that happened? When did I become the 'oldest' guy around? I watch my three children as parents worrying about their children moving into the teenage years. Wow! Part of me laments at being older while the other part of me is happy that I don't have to raise teenagers again!
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The experience also reminded me how vulnerable and delicate our young children are when watching their parent or grandparent. When adults are good examples and at the same time challenge the child to think and create their own answers, a resilient child is created. I remember reading some of the research on Multiple Intelligences that was a theory offered by Howard Gardner. In one of his documents he mentioned how he didn't want his children to redo the same things that he had done. He wanted them to create new things and new ideas. Being a great example to children and encouraging them to develop thinking skills will help carry these children into a future we can't predict.