John Rosemond - Parenting Expert
with Younger Children
A: Your son is obviously musically talented. If he
wants to take both accordion and piano, bully for him. Concerning the
former, however, you've got it backwards. You need to tell him that
BEFORE you will buy him a new accordion, you must see him practicing
on his present accordion every day, without being told, for a month.
Q: Our son, a high school sophomore, continues to play with neighborhood kids that are still in elementary school despite us asking him to hang with kids more his age. We have offered to take him to his classmates' homes or invite them over, but he has declined. We worry about his maturity level. Are we wrong to be concerned and what, if anything, should we do?
A: This is certainly out of the ordinary, but in the absence of complaints from the parents of the younger kids, I am unable to use the word "inappropriate." If the younger kids' parents thought there was anything untoward going on, they'd surely have told him to not come back and/or told you. He's probably a nice, if somewhat immature kid who would be described as loving, sensitive, gentle, and so on. I can think of, and have certainly heard of more problematic things for kids this age to be doing. You might thank your lucky stars that your son's social immaturity is not expressing itself inappropriately, whether with younger or older kids. At this point in his life he is more comfortable with younger kids. As he gets older, I would predict that his social awkwardness around people his own age will gradually diminish and that he will begin to find peers that he can relate to. In the meantime, if this is your biggest worry, you have next to nothing to worry about.
From the "What'll They Think of Next?" Department: A recent
issue of the journal of the California Teachers Association contains
an article asserting that a "back to basics" curriculum isn't
exciting for children, and that pressures to perform at proficiency
level are creating behavior problems. In effect, CTA is saying that
teachers should not be pressured to work, and students should not be
pressured to learn. California residents should keep that in mind the
next time a school bond referendum comes up for a vote. "Edu-babble"
of this sort is all the explanation one needs for the fact that home-schooling
is the fastest growing education option in America.
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