Archive for September, 2018

Distraction – Yes or No?

Whether engaged in active conversation with others (or yourself 😉 and all of a sudden you find you are distracted by thoughts that probably have nothing to do with the present conversation – what do you do?

Most of us will attempt to push those “wandering” thoughts aside and try to get back on track. BUT is it the right thing to do?

Our subconscious is trying to tell us something – it has raised a flag and we should pay attention and salute it!

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First it was Helicopter… Now it is Lawnmower!

Was casually cruising news sources on the internet and ran into an article titled:

Lawn mower parents’ are the new ‘helicopter moms’

This immediately drew my attention since I teach/instruct in the snow-sports industry – specifically Alpine & Telemark skiing. Most of my students have been “kids” (aren’t we ALL kids ?) and having experienced the helicopter parent(s) in some of the “never/ever/beginner” classes, I knew what that was about … so what to heck is a “Lawn Mower Parent”?!?

Well.. it’s actually simple – what is a lawnmower used for – It’s for “mowing” down the tall grass to make everything nice and smooth… and neat… and clean. Get the picture?

Something tells me this is NOT a step in the right direction. If we move from a “hovering” approach to be there to fix every problem/issue in our kids’ lives to clearing every obstacle then just what are they learning? IMHO absolutely NOTHING – except there will be someone to smooth the path for them and iron out every wrinkle in their lives. Guess what happens the first time things get “bumpy” – I’ll tell you what happens – a total meltdown/crash.

Lawn Mower Parenting is the perfect path to create completely dis-functional kids (and later adults). Do we really want that?

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