STRESSED OUT! Lectured by Teresa Mello Vianna, Rachel Farias and Euler França Jr Retreinamento 1º sem 2005
STRESSED OUT! By Sue Ferguson Maclean’s - Canada’s weekly magazine November 22, 2004
Which factors are contributing to increasing stress levels among kids?
Preschools tutoring to get a head start, to reach “school readiness” (mastery of early numeracy and literacy skills). To reassure parents that they are nurturing their kid’s brain .
Music lessons, organized sports, Kumon Math, Reading Centers, dance classes, all sorts of after-school activities .
Psychiatrist Rosenfeld co-author of the book “The Over-Scheduled Child” affirms: “Parental pressure isn’t necessarily the gateway to genius.”
<ul><li>Leonard Bernstein didn’t start playing the piano until he was 10. </li></ul><ul><li>George Gershwin’s musical brilliance developed on the heels of a childhood spent roaming the students. </li></ul><ul><li>Albert Einstein was a late talker and poor student . </li></ul>
Enough is enough , say some parents called the new refuseniks. They refuse to drill their kids with flashcards, toss early learning workbooks in the trash, and walk by lamppost signs for tutoring without a second glance .
A child is a spiritual being who is brought into the world to grow up body, mind and spirit. Inherently, children are learners.
Research shows that their brains begin learning, actually processing information, even before birth. Parents are the first and most important teachers (educators).
Yet they receive little or no training in what to do or how to do it. Unfortunately, children don’t come with instruction manuals .
There is a growing concern among conscientious parents that our children are caught up in materialism to the detriment of character, that they are picking up values which place personal gain before ethics, integrity, or love .
There have been valuable efforts focused on seeing the child as a separate person with unique feelings and ideas .
Much has been written about the emotional and psychological health of children and families, covering topics such as honoring a child’s feelings, keeping peace in the family, building self-steem, learning to speak so kids will listen, and learning to listen so kids will talk .
What has yet to be addressed in a broad way is how parents can meet the spiritual needs of children.
<ul><li>VALUES ARE CULTURE-SPECIFIC. </li></ul><ul><li>VITUES ARE UNIVERSALLY VALUED BY ALL FAITHS AND CULTURES IN THE WORLD. </li></ul><ul><li>VIRTUES ARE DESCRIBED AS THE QUALITIES OF THE SOUL. </li></ul>
Each day of living with children brings fresh opportunities for guiding them at “teachable moments” which pass quickly and may never come again.
Parenting is made up of so many things - physical care, affection, encouragement, enjoyment, correction, protection and teaching.
Just as children’s bodies need food, air, light and warmth, their spirits need challenge, direction, and encouragement.
The world needs people who are willing to take personal responsibility.
Naturally, you can’t help someone else grow without growing yourself.
To teach children well is to bring out the best in them. What’s best for them has everything to do with what is best in them. Virtues are gems in the mine of the true self. A parent/a teacher is meant to mine a child’s gems and bring them to light.
Each child is born with a special bundle of potential. In that bundle are three things: * Inherited traits * Individual temperament * Innate capacities: gifts, talents, abilities, limitations, and virtues.