Lesson in Economics for My 11 Year Old (or, Don’t Hang Up The Clothes you Try On)

A few years ago, I was in a department store with my daughter who was about 8 years old at the time. We were trying on clothes in the changing room. As we finished trying on each item, I laid it neatly on the bench. When we were done with everything, I was gathering my […]

Remember to Never Obey Adults (Part Two)

In my last post, I talked about how expecting children to always obey adults can cause them to stop thinking for themselves – to stop questioning and to stop being curious and just go along with what they are told. It sets them up for a lifetime of expecting to be led. From my last […]

When you’re out in the World, my Child, Remember to Never Obey Adults (Part One of Two)

As kids, we were probably all reminded repeatedly, to always obey adults. Our parents seemed paralyzed with fear about the possibility of getting a call from a teacher, a bus driver, or a coach saying “I told little Jimmy to do X, Y, and Z, and he didn’t do it. He started arguing about wanting […]