Happy Fall! September is here and we are off and running towards another school year filled with academics, activities, sports, tutoring, and more. Each and every year I dedicate my fall column to my personal promise of not over scheduling my own two boys and this year is no different. Balance is the key and being mindful is of the utmost importance.
No matter the age of your child, from toddler to high school, I feel we as parents must continue to give our children those open “gaps” in regards to their time and make sure they can hang out, play, explore, and “just be”. Let’s not underestimate laughter, joy and dreaming. We know how we feel when we take a break from work – we come back recharged and more optimistic with regained clarity.
Our achievement culture is stronger than ever and I will openly include myself as a participant in that culture as our family values education in its highest regard. I too wish for my children to be equipped academically for what lies ahead. Yet as I continue to work with thousands of students a year, I am seeing again that academics are just the beginning to a life that is enriched, happy and fulfilled. The social and emotional well-being of our children is of the utmost importance also. Giving our children time to develop these additional essential life skills will help them navigate the world ahead.
So, this year again, I ask that you too are mindful of how busy your child gets over the course of the year and give them the best gift a parent could give: Time. Time to create. Time to discover. Time to think. Time to be.
Wishing you a wonderful and inspired school year.
See you in art class!