By Casey Grey
As parents, we want the best for our children.
We want to give them more opportunities than we had.
We want to create those same great memories that we have.
We want them to become the best version of themselves.
Luckily for me, I am married to the brilliant Natasha and she has put a lot of time into understanding the development of the brain and what's important for a growing child.
The public school system, for example, works for some but not for all.
The classes are often too large, the teachers are often overworked without the support they need, the days are filled with overstimulation and the kids are forced to learn a certain way.
Like I said, this works for some... It worked for me... Sort of...
In fact, like I've said before, "I went through the public system and I turned out fine..." to which my business partner replied "who said you turned out fine?"
That being said, there's a reason I did not go to university. I'm not a sit-down-read-this-and-do this-paper learning type of person. I like to do. I like to learn through taking action. I like to "learn on the fly".
In either case, today is much different than it was 30 years ago. The options for our children are endless. You know what's best for your child and if you are determined you will find the perfect fit for your child. The tough part as a parent, though, is that what's best for our child may not be convenient for us.
Perhaps the public system works perfectly for your child. Perhaps you chose to home school. Perhaps you have them in nature school. Perhaps you travel the world with your child. Perhaps you found a private school or boarding school.
For Natasha and I, we found Polaris School and Centre.
Is it convenient for us? No.
Is it best for Sullivan right now? Heck yes!
It's a place filled with love, attention and thoughtfulness. The kids learn through play and stay connected to their bodies. Natural light, wood toys and many hours outside are a must. Their interests are naturally pulled out. Their imaginations are allowed to run wild.
As I often say, our kids do what we do, not what we say.
If we do what's best for them instead of what's convenient for us, what will that teach them?
If fact, what does that teach our own minds?