pushing

I had lunch with a good friend last week. She asked if I was thinking of putting my oldest into a magnet school. I have been thinking about this a lot. He is a very smart boy. He seems to be strongest in math, science, and art. I sometimes feel like he needs more from school to develop his strengths, and maybe a magnet school would do him some good. But I hesitate. I have this feeling that maybe as parents we are pushing our kids WAY too hard. Yeah, it's a competitive world and they will need some serious skills to make it, but what's so wrong about letting them be kids? He's only 6 right now....His direction may change in the next few years. I don't want him to feel like he has to be good at anything. Because he doesn't right now. All he has to be good at is being 6. I think the rest will figure itself out.

He's really good at video games, too. I have that thing in me that says I shouldn't let him play them, they'll turn his brain to mush. But the truth is, they won't. He's reading the instruction book to Zelda because he got stuck. I think it's pretty great that a 6 year old can read the instruction book to Zelda.

There's a new book out called Einstein Didn't Use Flash Cards, or something like that. The premise is that play is more important in infant development than filling them full of facts. It's my next read.