Every time you talk about an ordinary person doing an extraordinary thing, you are making a deposit into your children’s bank of hero stories. They will draw upon this spiritual food when they face their own monsters or become weary in their own struggle.
Feeling the pain of procrastinating or turning in shabby work is part of the etching of character onto one’s heart. It is far from comfortable, and as a parent, I’m gratified knowing my children are learning this truth deeply: missing deadlines hurts.
The simple choices of being kind and working each day end up feeding each other so the alternative doesn’t make sense anymore as a good way to live life.
We don’t allow experts inside the classroom and we’d prefer to keep teachers away too. There is not much correlation between traditional classroom teaching and learning. In fact, in many schools there may be an inverse correlation.
Wonders don’t spend hours (or even minutes) memorizing timelines or facts. Instead, they discuss whether or not they would have signed the Declaration of Independence and why. And, whether it was a mistake to give up negotiations with the king of England. And, finally, whether that moment was one of the most influential ones in history.