MYTH OF THE INVIOLABLE GROWTH CHART The pediatrician did a double take when the mother mentioned her baby was still taking an all-breast-milk diet: “You need to start her on solid foods right away.” “If she’s healthy and happy and it’s not inconveniencing anyone, what difference does it make?” the mother asked. “Well, everyone knows babies are supposed to be eating solids by this … [Read more...] about MYTH OF THE INVIOLABLE GROWTH CHART
KEEPING THE HUMAN ELEMENT IN AN AUTOMATIC AGE Are you fed up with a “computerized” society that treats you as having no more feelings than a computer? Worse, do you treat loved ones as if their concerns are to be forced into narrow data fields? We don’t, of course, answer a child’s “Mommy?” with “If this is in regard to tonight’s dinner, please say ‘1.’ If it is in regard to a sibling … [Read more...] about KEEPING THE HUMAN ELEMENT IN AN AUTOMATIC AGE
THE WORLD OF DAYDREAMS It’s annoying to catch a child’s attention drifting when you’re trying to assign chores or teach a class. Yet after being “successfully” taught that daydreaming is a waste of time, many people go through life chronically tired and unproductive. The truth is, daydreaming is as important to human effectiveness as night dreaming. “Far from being a worthless distraction, … [Read more...] about THE WORLD OF DAYDREAMS
HAS YOUR LIFE BECOME TOO VIRTUAL? No surprise, 2020 has been dubbed “Year of the Virtual Event.” Schools, offices, and churches; family reunions, vacations, sports seasons, and annual community events; conferences, walkathons, and galas—all have struggled to salvage what they could in the face of pandemic health concerns. The Zoom meeting is better than nothing, but most people are eager to … [Read more...] about HAS YOUR LIFE BECOME TOO VIRTUAL?
WHEN YOUR KIDS DON’T WANT TO GROW UP There are parents who actively resist seeing their children mature into independence. And there are parents who passively enable dependence, by: taking over shoelace-tying the instant a preschooler whines, “It’s too hard”; jumping up to make a sandwich for someone who could easily get his own snack; cleaning the kids’ rooms and making the kids’ … [Read more...] about WHEN YOUR KIDS DON’T WANT TO GROW UP