Teach your kids a single new thing each day through Lesson Games, taking as little as a minute and no more than 15. Then engage in free play with them, doing whatever they want to do as a reward. The lessonlets are designed like a loose syllabus and presented with some professorial tricks to make them more fun and to better stick. Playing Lesson Games = Superpowers.
As I write this, during the self-isolation period in the spring of 2020, we parents have our children at home full-time. This can feel like a lot to handle, even for the most well-meaning among us. If this time together were voluntary and finite, without the global concerns about the virus, it would be a different story. But now we are forced into a situation. Consider this time with your kids as a gift, a bonus bestowed upon us. And during this time, and of course, after it has passed and "normal life" resumes, we can look back on this isolation period with fondness, for the togetherness it cultivated and with a sense that it was both rewarding and productive. This is a time when we have more time to be together, to engage.
The approach I've developed and use with my kids is entirely understanding of the fact that, though parents may be superheroes, we're generally over-tired superheroes with limited stores of extra energy. We also already have rhythms and approaches to parenting that work for us. So there's no need to reinvent the wheel and turn things on their heads. That's not what this is about. This is about a small daily addition, a grace note, something that does not feel like any extra work, a minimal effort that produces a maximum reward. You'll feel great, more productive, and effective as a parent, and you'll be gifting your children superpowers. Worth a try, right?
We played with lots of ideas, but ended up with this photo of our daughter, Izabella (age 5) in what feels like a really inspiring, happy pose.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
Well, I've got the weirdest profile for the author of a parenting book. I'm a professor of art history specializing in art crime, so my agent would say, "What the heck are you doing writing a parenting book?" But he gave me the greenlight because the publishing world is on pause and sort of anything goes during this odd Corona Time we're living in. So I'm approaching parenting from a different perspective. As a parent, sure, but the twist is that I'm also a professor.