Believe it or not, I am writing blog posts. You just aren’t seeing them live yet. I posted a few things over at the Resolution Revolution today, but mostly I’m writing honking-long items that I want to “get right” before unleashing them on the blogosphere. I suspect they will be worth the wait.
So much of the immediate future is uncertain. Children, travel, money, health… a lot of unknowns in the near future that are big and sort of ominous and whatnot. I’m not crazy about having so much so far up in the air, with no real way to determine where it all might land yet. I know, that’s life, but it seems like lately it’s been a bit much.
Oh well, off to a Chinese New Year dinner with friends – yum! Happy New Year!
As we look more into the idea of introducing children into our household, I’ve been reading up on ways to create order (or at least some semblance of managed chaos) in making rules and having children stick to them. In reading one article on the matter recently, I came across these statistics – I’ve seen them before, but I never put them in the context of modeling behavior for a child before:
- 55% of the meaning people make in their interactions is based on what they see.
- 38% is based on how it sounds (voice tone, volume, speed)
- 7% is based on the actual words that are being said.
Now, I think those numbers are people “in general”. I wonder if they differ (I strongly suspect they do), and how much, and in what direction, when it comes to an audience of children.
Dan Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, recently wrote on his blog about the Comic Book Project, a literacy program that encourages children to use words and images to express issues they’re facing in their own lives. This seriously makes my heart sing.
The one-two punch of intrinsic motivation and self-expression has proven to be a powerful learning strategy. What’s more, says the Times, combining word and image appears to be especially helpful for struggling readers.
Are you one of those people that have wayyyyy too many ideas for the temporal reality we as humans exist within? Yeah… me too.
As I mentioned in my tenth resolution for 2008, it is my hope to find ways to be a champion for our youth. There are so many challenges facing them today, it’s hard to know where to begin. Do I try to focus on just one or two through fostering or adoption, find a way to help meet the needs of the youth of my community on a larger scale, or some mix, or… what?
One idea I had, spawned from a post and then comment I made on my Hacking Your Passions blog regarding the importance of storytelling as we humans grow and try to make sense of our world and the culture(s) we’re a part of, is to somehow begin an organization that focuses on arming parents with the tools they need (inspiration, encouragement, idea sparks, etc) so they can create wonderful tales to tell their children at bedtime. It’s really a simple idea, but if you could encourage more parents to not only tell stories to their children but have the children create stories of their own, it would create an invaluable tradition and real time spent interacting with kids.
Last year I went with some work mates to read to children as part of an event tied to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and it was amazing how eager those kids were to read books. Even more so, though, they were eager to talk about the books. They’d often look at the images and come up with their own version of what’s going on. I got so many lessons from that single one hour event, and for a year I forgot about them. Maybe it’s time to give that memory some more attention.
My wife and I are presently attending classed to become licensed to foster. We may foster, we may adopt, we may do neither – this class is, in part, to help us find what is right for our family. Through this experience, though, one thing has been made crystally clear to my heart – I need to spend some of my time, effort, money, and other resources in the pursuit of being a champion for children. It is something I believe in a very palpable way I am meant to do, to make a difference in the lives of our future leaders and society.
This is such a new thing to my heart, that in 2008 my goal is simply to hone in on what way I’m to go about being this champion.