The wisdom of Lincoln

 in Jersey Village - Eternal Martial Arts

A quote from Abraham Lincoln on a letter to his son's teacher:"...Teach him if you can the wonder of books... but also give him quiet time to ponder eternal mysteries of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and the flowers on the green hillside."  What's missing from today's modern world for children?  More than anything I think it's the wonder of nature and the exploration of the world unfiltered by electronic devices.  As parents we are very busy running children from structured activity, to structured activity.  In this way, we are telling them how they will learn, play, breathe, and be.  Shouldn't some of this be discovered on their own?  The other day I witnessed a child in a store, whose mother was in the process of checking out.  It was taking a little time and the boy was entertaining himself by throwing his jacket in the air and catching it.  I was very pleased to see that his mother didn't try to stop him.  How can children ever learn to entertain themselves unless we let them?

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