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I think there’s one skill that we can all teach our kids (and I take it from the movie Starship Troopers, of all possible places):
• Figuring things out for yourself
The quote from the film: “Figuring things out for yourself is the only real freedom you’re ever going to get”
This pretty much covers everything you’ll ever need. If you can teach them this skill, then whatever the situation, they’ll be able to get there in the end.
They will know how to make it up as they go along… just like those adults we admire (KKZ) … figuring it out as they go. Not that they can’t ask for help, because asking for help could actually be thing they’ve figured out that they need to do.
I kind of think it’s a recipe for success, as it teaches you to be not only self sufficient, but also be yourself and do things ‘your’ way… something we all seem to struggle with throughout life.
Question of the Day:
Should we err on the side of providing our kids the tools to figure things out on they’re own, instead of teaching specific tasks? (“teaching how to fish and all that”)
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