Esther Wojcicki is considered the most influential educator in contemporary times. She is the pioneer of Moonshot Thinking and her pedagogical philosophy is being adapted by national and global education programs. On top of this, she is the mother to three astonishingly accomplished adult daughters, including a medical professor at UCSF, the founder of 23andMe and the CEO of YouTube. Yet, her framework for promoting strong, independent, capable young people is surprisingly simple and straightforward. What can we learn from Dr. Woj and implement in our own lives to benefit the young people among us?
What changes when you have two kids? I’m currently pregnant with our second kid, due later this year, and I started wondering what I might need to think about, prepare for, and learn. How would our lives change as two parents with one child, adding a newborn to the mix? How would my older kid react? Would our schedules change? I decided to ask my community for advice, and I received a ton of replies, full of advice and notes I would not have considered if I were left to my own devices. Here’s what my parent friends had to say.
Today I got a great reader question about social media: should my kid have social media accounts? And how much do you share as a parent about your kid? There are so many new considerations for parents today, in 2018. This is a hard question to answer because I don’t think there are hard and fast rules—I think there are a lot of ways to do parenting, and social, and it depends on your kid and your life. Here’s what I think, and what works for me, and what I’ve been doing.
Is it really best to swoop in every time our kiddos face a challenging situation? Or are we missing an opportunity to teach them patience? How taking a beat rather than coming to the rescue can be the right response.