Countryside Day Blog

How Are We All Supposed to Keep Up?

Thomas Friedman’s latest book, Thank You For Being Late, has given me a lot to think about, and I am only half way through. In this book he examines life in the “age of acceleration” from many different perspectives. This of course has me thinking about what it means for education.   Friedman Quotes Eric Teller, the CEO of GoogleX’s [...]

Myth #5 Good Parents Prevent Failure

The last part to our good parent mythology series ends with these last 4 points about preventing your child's failures: Good parents frequently intervene on behalf of their children Good parents prevent failure Good parents do not allow suffering Good parents never allow their children to get hurt Good parents frequently intervene on behalf of their children This is now [...]

Myth #4 Good Parents Ensure their Kids Success

Continuing our series of good parenting mythology here are 3 more points... Myth #4 Good Parents Ensure their Kids Success  Good parents send their children to lots of classes that develop skills that will look great on their resumes The more you do for your children, the better prepared for their future they are Your child's success is your trophy [...]

Myth #3: Good Parents are not Disciplinarians

Continuing our series about the tectonic shift in parenting culture, here are seven more statements claimed by the myth that "good parents are not disciplinarians." Parents don’t have to be the adults in the room. If you do it right, your teenagers will be your friends and tell you everything. Consequences are harsh and old-fashioned. Good parents are partners with [...]

Myth #2 Good Parents Experience Nothing But Joy

As we pointed out in the introduction to this series, educators and parents alike have seen troubling developments in parenting and raising a child. One set of lies the parenting mythology provides has to do with the joy, fun and attention parents often give to their children. Parenting is constant joy is a misconception. Our advice: stop looking at Facebook and start looking at [...]

Five “Good Parent” Myths We All Believe

For years educators have been asking, why are children behaving as they are? Why don’t they want to do anything? Why can’t they complete a task independently? Why do they seem so…impaired? Few people are talking about the parenting mythology with the urgency of a true crisis. Myth #1: A Good Parent is an Entertainer Good parents provide constant fun Good [...]