Guest Post by Liane Brouillette, author of 'Help Your Child to Thrive: Making the Best of a Struggling Public Education System'
As adults, we often forget how important fun is to a healthy life. Children have a gift for laughter. When parents and children spend time talking, playing, and exploring together, both the adults and the children feel energized. Family bonds are strengthened. Without these moments, we sense there is something crucial missing from our lives.
Such moments of meaningful connection are what experts are referring to when they talk of spending “quality time” with children. The “event” that stimulates this sense of engagement may be no more than a brief stop by the creek on a trip to buy groceries. Dry leaves picked up on the bank become “boats” bobbing in the current. The parent may spy a duck walking by, imitate his waddling gait and invite the children to join in.
One-on-one time, spent exploring the world together, stimulates a sense of curiosity and wonder that school activities are not well-positioned to provide. Planning such mini-adventures requires not more than listing places close to your home where you could spend a few special moments, just exploring with your child. Then just look for opportunities.
Title: Help Your Child to Thrive: Making the Best of a Struggling Public Education System
Genre: Non-fiction, parenting, education
Author: Liane Brouillette
Publisher: Balboa Press
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Liane Brouillette has a passion for helping families prepare children to thrive in school and out. She has taught at the pre-university level in both Europe and the United States. Currently, Dr. Brouillette is an associate professor of educational policy at the University of California, Irvine and Director of the UCI Center for Learning in the Arts, Sciences and Sustainability. She also serves as managing editor of the Journal for Learning through the Arts.
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