Why Simplifying May Protect Our Children’s Mental Health

2019-08-04T22:47:16-05:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , |

By Tracy Gillett When my Dad was growing up he had one sweater each winter. One. Total. He remembers how vigilantly he cared for his sweater. If the elbows got holes in them my Grandma patched them back together. If he lost his sweater he’d recount his steps to find it again. He guarded it like the precious gift it was. He had everything he needed and not a lot more. The only rule was to be home by dinner time. My Grandma rarely knew [...]

Let Children Get Bored Again

2019-08-04T22:34:54-05:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Parenting|Tags: , , |

Boredom teaches us that life isn’t a parade of amusements. More important, it spawns creativity and self-sufficiency. By Pamela Paul “I’m bored.” It’s a puny little phrase, yet it has the power to fill parents with a cascade of dread, annoyance and guilt. If someone around here is bored, someone else must have failed to enlighten or enrich or divert. And how can anyone — child or adult — claim boredom when there’s so much that can and should be done? Immediately. But boredom is [...]