Yesterday I began a post about our summer bike tour. As the post progressed, I realized it was becoming bigger than just recounting our trip. It was more about the lessons we all learned. As parents, Tim and I want to teach our kids about character and grit, and bike touring is a great way to accomplish that.
…How many of the character traits have I covered so far?
Karen Fierst, a teacher who oversaw the character program at Riverdale, reflected in the aforementioned NYT piece:
“Our kids don’t put up with a lot of suffering. They don’t have a threshold for it. They’re protected against it quite a bit. And when they do get uncomfortable, we hear from their parents. We try to talk to parents about having to sort of make it O.K. for there to be challenge, because that’s where learning happens.”
Yes! I completely agree. Suffering is OK, it’s where learning happens. Continue reading