A study guide, glowing review, and slight criticism of Liberated Parents, Liberated Children
This book, “Liberated Parents, Liberated Children” is fantastic and influenced me greatly–as a mom, wife, and person. If I could describe it in one phrase, it is “emotional health”–of your child and you. This is an overview of the highlights, meant to act as a powerful study aid to the book.
The issue I take, mentioned below, is that the authors say they are opposed to a “rational” model of parenting. I attempt to show in this article that empathy and reason *are* compatible. By rejecting “reason,” I argue, there is a certain rigidity to the philosophy presented that doesn’t allow it to be fluidly adopted by its students.
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I am appreciative of the Free Range Kids blog but I have long suspected that those in the “let kids go out and play in a junk yard camp” are opposed to cognitive development. Here is my Open Letter to Lenore Skenazy
The example you give of how a completely hands off approach to early child development is effective is learning how to speak. “But unleashed from lesson plans, kids are on fire to learn. Need proof? They all learn how to speak! No classes required!” Having recently watched my toddler go through a language explosion, I would argue that not only can stimuli, specifically books, accelerate their language development; it is also very possible for unnecessary speech delays to occur if parents don’t give the proper stimuli to their children.
My main article on the research I did about the Montessori Method. It is part of a 3-part series but I am only publishing the first part for now. This research helped me immensely in guiding my son’s learning starting at just 18 months, especially for language comprehension development. My son took an intense interest in picture board books at 18 months. Before I read about the Montessori Method in detail, I, like a lot of people I think, had difficulty keeping his interest. Using the 3 stages of learning presented by Montessori helped me immensely to keep his interest. This method uses no tricks, no complexity, no gregarious story telling–just a simple understanding of how children best learn, and I’ve used it successfully with many children other than my own son. I describe further in this article how the Montessori Method is like “intellectual gymnastics” where difficult skills are broken up into component skills and are practiced in a fun and enjoyable way. I hope you find value in this article, and if you do, please share!
I have written about this in a few articles but I thought it needed its own article due to how pervasive it is and how much damage it causes. If you know a pregnant woman, please consider sending this to hour as food for thought.
“Like a pendulum, the course of most sciences and philosophies swing between usually two competing ideas. However, also like a pendulum, with each swing to one side or the other, it does not go as far as it did the last time. The two ideas swing, back and forth, getting ever closer and closer to the perfect truth in the still center.
With delivering a baby and the days/weeks that follow, the two competing ideas loosely described are one that is mother-centered and one that is baby-centered. The pendulum right now is on the side of being baby-centered, particularly when it comes to breastfeeding. In my opinion, it needs to swing again, perhaps one last time, towards the perfect truth in the still center.”
A newborn, like everything, is an object that has a specific identity. He or she has certain non-negotiable needs to grow. As a parent, it is your job to figure out what these needs are and deliver them.
OK, here is the first cut of the first videos with my first ideas of how to teach economics using tangible, Montessori-like materials. They cover a variety of topics including a commodity based currency, supply and demand, foreign exchange rates, inflation, and more. My favorite is “Inflation – Counterfeiting” on why counterfeiting (inflation) is unethical. 😉
I have finished videotaping what will be the first 6 videos for my system “Didactic Economics” which teaches economics by using tangible materials. I just need to package them then I can upload them to the web!
So, our doctors, lawyers, engineers, and soldiers all must pass tests before entering their professions. But apparently the knowledge that our K-12 students are learning is so complex, abstract, and creative, that it can never be captured in a test in order to gauge their learning.
If knowledge and creativity are antagonistic, it means that the biggest ignoramus is our best hope for creative genius.