Saturday, February 11, 2012
Kids and success
In this kind of a 'test', average is a good outcome. I like average. I know that many people who read this blog are struggling with issues at either end of the spectrum. It is hard work. So I am thankful for average.
But it is hard to not worry about our children's success in education. If you're a person who has benefitted positively through your life because of a good education, it is hard to not worry about it. We want our kids to experience those same outcomes. But it is so hard to measure. Success in life is so much more complicated than doing well on an assessment at the start of kindergarten. It also has a lot to do with your personality, your emotional intelligence, your level of internal drive, how competitive you are, how you relate to others, what food you eat, how much rest you get, how you manage stress, how resilient you are. Very complex.
Which is why at this end of schooling I worry less about my children's academic success and more about how much sleep they get, what food they eat, how much time they have to relax, exercise, time to develop strong relational skills, time for imaginative play. And finding the right balance can be tricky.