Too Many Choices? (continued)
by Danielle Wood
As parents, I think we need to plan some unplanned time. If it means scribbling it onto the calendar, so be it. We need to teach our kids more than math and reading, more than yodeling or yoga. We need to teach them that they can round up the troupes on their own, that they don't need us to chart their lives for them.
True, he's only in preschool now, but someday, my son will leave the nest. And I believe that the tag will help him. The unstructured time will matter at least as much as the orchestrated hours. And knocking on the neighbors' doors for a game of mud will pave the way for knocking on a dorm room door for advice, or knocking on a colleague's door for an impromptu brainstorming session. Removing some options now, will multiply them for later.
Danielle Wood is the Director of Editorial for Education.com. You can reach her at email@example.com