Week 5: Scheduling

 

Quite simply

  • Activity without downtime is ultimately unsustainable
  • Boredom is often the precursor to creativity. 
  • More than a simple pleasure, anticipation is identity building 
  • A child's love of an activity will not protect him/her from pursuing it too much and too soon

 

 

an ordinary moment can be quite magical

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roadblocks to slowing down

  1. Guilt
  2. Societal pressures
  3. Race against naptime
  4. Holding onto pre-parent life
  5. Homework
  6. Desire to give kids opportunities 
  7. Other people not understanding 

 

childhood golden moment 

Recall a time when you or your child(ren) were in unscheduled time. 

 

 

 

timeline of our schedules

  • Look at your schedules and find a couple of places for change. No criticizing or judgment here, simply notice on a daily basis and weekly, where there is calm and activity. Do you need more or less of one thing?

 

change process

  1. IDENTIFY dissastifaction
  2. IMAGINE things better
  3. DESIGN a small doable chnage
  4. CELEBRATE all plans, agreements and change however small

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imagine your child's days and weeks...

  • What your child could do with the occasional gift of boredom
  • Consciously balancing some of the crazier days with calmer ones
  • Appreciating that genuine interests and abilities take time to form and those not pushed or hurried are more likely to become life-long pleasures
  • What a lifelong gift you give by gently insisting on and modelling, the importance of down-time and balance in daily life

 

 


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Audio from Kim John Payne on Schedules

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