Why it does make sense to do awesome plans with your 2 year old

I am a father of 6 children, not a child psychologist. So what I am about to say comes from experience, not academia. But still I think it’s valid. It refers to a question that somebody asked me. Why should you expose a 2 year old to awesome experiences if she/he will not remember them? So this is what I think: yes you should expose them to awesome experiences and no they won’t remember them. And this is not contradictory. Allow me to explain.

Why should you for example take your two year old to meet the princesses in Disney World, or any other great child oriented vacation? Because in my view, children are made of a very unique parental clay that somehow solidifies at the end of their childhood. Yes they have their own scaffolding or structure, but over this structure, every day of parenting, you add some clay.  And what should concern you as a parent is that unfortunately, on a poor day of parenting, say of parental neglect, you also added clay, but of a poor quality, with very little love in it. And that was your chance, that was your opportunity, to build your own child that day, and you did a poor job. And this clay will remain. But hopefully another day you were an artist of a parent, you were inspired, you connected to your child in a very special way, and that day your child got a lot of “love clay”. And that clay also stayed for good, and that was positive personality building. Yes I do think children are like that. It’s not what they remember that matters, it’s how they were built, by you, your spouse and those close to this child. Throughout their childhood. Little by little. So now you understand my view of why it is great to take a two year old to an awesome event that she or he will not remember. Because that day you will be a better artist, a better parent, and that day you will build your child in a very positive way, forever. And many of those days make you a good parent. At Disney World or at the park near your home.

Help Wanted: native English speaker for child care position

We are looking for a native English speaker who is in Spain or wants to come to Spain to work for us in child care. Somebody who can teach English and other subjects and help in general with our 7 year-old son, 2 year-old daughter, and 1 year-old son. Must have experience with children. Teaching experience is a plus. The job is 21 days per month plus one-month paid vacation, and pays €1500/month. It involves a lot of travel, often between Madrid and New York, but with many trips to Miami, London, Germany, and more.

Start date: June 10, 2014

Please write to Claire at claire@fon.com if interested.

As I walked by in Capri I found this older couple getting married. It makes me happy to see people in their 70s believe in love.

As I walked by in Capri I found this older couple getting married. It makes me happy to see people in their 70s believe in love.

Norman Foster designed Ocean Pearl. When I am on board I just want to hug him :) Every corner is well thought out. Good design is everything.

Norman Foster designed Ocean Pearl. When I am on board I just want to hug him :) Every corner is well thought out. Good design is everything.

Buongiorno Capri!

Buongiorno Capri!

Sailing to Rome. Who’s there?

Sailing to Rome. Who’s there?

Fun at the farm in Menorca

What liking habits say about cultures

Lately I have been noticing that when a Swedish friend of mine posts something on Facebook other Swedish friends are much more likely to like it than when French or British friends post something. Does this mean that the Swedes are especially supportive of their friends? I am convinced that Facebook can be a remarkable resource for anthropologists and sociologists. There is so much information there about cultural behavior. I wonder if Facebook let’s academics in to study cultures.

La reacción inexplicable del economista Xavier Sala-i-Martin

  1. se permiten críticas y también preguntas: ¿por qué Argentina (o ninguna ex colonia) no quiere volver a España?

  2. perdona que te bloquee pero no me gusta que distorsionen mi nombre. Adiós.

  3. pues ya estamos: cualquier artículo que diga que “la verdad” implica que tendremos más deuda queda falseado.

  4. sí claro. ¿Dónde esta escrito que Catalunya debe pagar más deuda fuera de España que dentro?

  5. pues los ánimos no se calman anunciando calamidades que no aguantan el mínimo escrutinio intelectual.

  6. O sea que los catalanes son más bobos que los Suizos: ¿ellos pueden ser muy ricos fuera de España y del euro, pero Catalunya no?

  7. Si tan terriblemente se vive fuera de España, ¿por qué tu patria, Argentina, no pide la readmisión inmediata?

We own Torrenova,  in Menorca. But when I see monuments like this inside our farm, built many centuries ago, I realize that our ownership is at most a passing tenancy.

We own Torrenova, in Menorca. But when I see monuments like this inside our farm, built many centuries ago, I realize that our ownership is at most a passing tenancy.

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