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?
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of three year olds in my life right now. These sweet, coordinated, hilarious, opinionated little ones blow me away with their personalities, storytelling, and ability to recall exactly what their parents (or potty-mouthed aunties say). But the biggest surprise for me has been just how big the feelings are inside of these small bodies. I don’t mean that as a euphemism for drama or poor behavior, it’s truly that these sweet kids have such big experiences and are working through how to express themselves and process these feelings. For adults and kids of all ages, it can be helpful to hear stories and to know we’re together in this work of being human. Here are nine children’s books to serve as a jumping off points for parents to talk to their little ones about different emotions, what they feel like, and how to process and experience them.
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.