Friday, 9 September 2016

The Art of Growing Kids

I recently listened to this 5 minute clip from BBC's Woman's Hour. I love the gardening analogy that Alison Gopnik, a developmental psychologist, uses to describe what parenting should really be about. That parents aren't creating a particular kind of plant, but developing an ecosystem, a nurturing environment in which many, many different kinds of plants can flourish. Well worth a listen, if you have 5 minutes to spare.

Two little girls flourishing in their own garden.

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  1. The reference to the term 'parenting'was interesting .'Amazing what we assume........also , a damnation of our current 'tick-box' Education in Skools.

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    1. Well, folks are seeking out alternatives. Ciara Brehony and myself started a FB page (Another Way) for others who feel the same way about the education system that is broken beyond repair. On that page we talked the talk. Then Ciara and other like-minded people in her area actually walked the walk. The result is the Wicklow Sudbury School. An achievement to be rightly proud of.

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  2. p.s. I'm sure May's shiney new Secondary Moderns will sort all this out!

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  3. I LOVE that picture! And the most interesting kids (like my favorite gardens) are allowed to sprawl and wander a bit.

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  4. Very important indeed! Funny too, I was just thinking about this the other day, how two people joined together in love and then marriage are building something ever so powerful and wonderful!

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    1. Absolutely, Karen. Love and commitment both essential ingredients for building a nurturing environment.

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  5. That's a great picture and I loved the analogy!

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    1. It certainly resonates, doesn't it? There's a really good book written by Jay Griffiths. It's called 'Kith'. Well worth a read, if you can get hold of a copy.

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    2. Sounds interesting, Martin. Thank you.

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