Week 5: Scheduling
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
roadblocks to slowing down
Race against naptime
Holding onto pre-parent life
Desire to give kids opportunities
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?
IMAGINE things better
DESIGN a small doable chnage
CELEBRATE all plans, agreements and change however small
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
Audio from Kim John Payne on Schedules