As grandparents, Hannah and I are living the dream by having our grandsons, Owen and Max, nearby in Massachusetts. Though there will be time to teach them ping pong, golf, and Scrabble, now it’s about being a positive life force in their lives.
To that end, I am currently reading a terrific book on parenting, The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary. Here’s a snippet for your reading pleasure about some of the things that you can hope for your children/grandchildren.
Not that they will achieve “success,” but that they will live a life of purpose.
Not that they won’t fail, but that they will find the courage to start again.
Not that they won’t hurt others, but that they will find the grace to ask for forgiveness.
How cool is that!
While breakfasting out with our daughter Molly last week, I learned about the “mud curriculum.” As a teacher for hundred years, I never knew about it. Here’s the good news: it’s not a part of the Common Core or the Race to the Top; there is no standardized testing. When I googled “mud curriculum,” I got a link to a Masters of Urban Design. That’s not it either. It’s an idea to open up learning for preschoolers (and I believe schoolers of all ages).
The mud curriculum is about being outside, getting dirty, playing, exploring, being imaginative, digging, and planting. It’s about kids making choices in their activities and not having them always organized by adults. In the mud curriculum, it’s been a successful day for Owen and Max if they need a bath at the end of the day. The beauty of the mud curriculum is that the boys can do it again the next day, and the next.
This week we have 24 hours of Owen and Max at our place on Chases Pond Road. Our mud curriculum includes going to the Blueberry Patch on route 91 in York for picking highbush blueberries.
PS After, they both needed baths.