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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
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.
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