I seldom have the opportunity to watch the news, but yesterday I happened to go to the gym to jog on the treadmill. The treadmills are set up in a way that forces you to face the lineup of TV screens. Although I could not hear any of it, I was able to clearly read the headlines.
The choices were: crime and violence, some form of criticism, sitcoms depicting people engaging in inappropriate behaviors, and advertisements encouraging us to shop and or medicate ourselves. Is it any wonder that so many of us are walking around anxious and depressed?
So I thought–or rather hoped, what if…
Do you ever find yourself barking out orders at the end of the day before you have had time to settle in? Some days, I return home from work and immediately start in: “Have you practiced your music lessons, finished your homework, emptied the dishwasher, put away the clothes?” and on and on goes the list. Sometimes, I catch myself doing it first thing in the morning. Yikes!
As our lives and schedules get busier, I sometimes forget to take that moment, check in with my family, ask how their day went, and give them hugs. I’m working on it.
Given the right environment, children will find ways to explore, be creative, and gain knowledge. In today’s world, our children are faced with many factors that inhibit learning. Perhaps if we recognize what gets in the way of learning, we can make an effort to change things. Here are six factors that inhibit learning.
- Very little unstructured free play.
- Increased competitive sports.
- Parental expectations and pressure.
- Societal expectations and competition.