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Go along with the guilt trip

This past week my family life was very busy.  It doesn’t hold a candle to the activities of most families but I felt the squeeze.

I shaved back my hours in the office to spend more time with my seven-year old.  I took him shopping and out to dinner, I attended an afternoon drama performance and took off the rest of the day, I did an early pick-up so he could spend time with his grandma before his music program and after work on Friday I hosted an impromptu play date.  Saturday morning, his dad took him to get free comics on Free Comic Book Day and then to a 10:00 play date with a friend.  When he was dropped off at home following the play date, he was fit to be tied.  He didn’t want the play date to end and was upset when I sent the other parent and child on their way. 

Then came the guilt.  He didn’t have any fun.  I never let him do anything.  He didn’t have time to do this or that thing. 

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Select challenging work


"Pink Language Work"

Graham is in a school that uses the Montessori learning method.  Each student is able to select what they do during their work period (usually 75 minutes) if they have had a lesson on the skill.  What he choses is to do is called "work".  Because his class is 3 and 4-year olds and Kindergartners, there is a progression in the type of work available.  

Graham is like me (and his Dad) in that he likes mastery.  The Montessori teaching style encourages this, however, it permits the child to achieve mastery at his or her own pace.  One of disadvantages to striving for mastery is the challenge that comes at some stage in the process.  The challenge that I instintively would rather sidestep or do enough to get by.  Taking the road of least resistance is less stressful but has less rewards.

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