Modern Parenting: Discussing “All Work And No Fun”February 6, 2014
While I haven’t yet read Jennifer Senior’s “All Joy And No Fun“, the articles about this new book have been engaging. This piece in SLATE shares a quote from the book that describes the dilemma of modern parenting, and what I often call “all of the above parenting”:
Modern parents try to set their children on the path toward a happy life. Just what that means is so elusive that parents try whatever they think might work. One explanation for today’s overscheduled kid, is that parents must prepare him or her for every possibility. Who knows what the world will look like in 10 years?
Of course, we do have some good information about the skills and competencies that today’s children will need to be college and career-ready, and they are the skills that are our focus at Camps Kenwood & Evergreen and Everwood Day Camp: leadership, teamwork & collaboration, creativity & innovation, critical thinking & problem-solving.
Those life skills, with a little grit and social & emotional intelligence thrown in, are the competencies that I am hoping that our children will build through their camp and other out of school time activities.
If you’d like to read SLATE’s review of “All Work And No Fun” please click here. And after reading it, I’d love to read your thoughts on Jennifer Senior’s ideas, and how they comport with your own parenting style.