Good morning! Here is the latest from my junior activist,Kyle. I’m hoping that the powers that be at our school see and hear what these young people are saying. I feel there is middle ground to compromise on. I hoping as an educational institution, we can use this opportunity to teach our children and educate them on responsible choices and moderation.
When my children were babies, I once read an article from a parenting “expert” on limiting the times they you say “no” to your children. Now this is not about being overly permissive, indulgent and allowing them to do whatever they want. Rather, it is about teaching them choice and alternative and consequence to their actions. When possible I tried to limit the word “no” so that I could teach them what they could do instead of always telling them what they couldnt do. because in reality, does any of us want to be told “no” all the time?? Of course the word “no” has its place in parenting, but as we’ve raised these intelligent, thoughtful, reflective and inquisitive kids that have been taught to stand up for what they believe in and whats right, i think we should give them the opportunity, within guidelines and framework, to solve this problem. Maybe a class on nutrition would be good, teaching the kids how to read labels, count fat, sodium, teaching them the benefits of exercise and movement. Instead of saying no, no, no, lets tell them what they can do and how to go about it with an informed decision-making process.
What do you think? Do you support the kids???