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May 16, 2009

Thought for the Day

... it’s not enough just to teach kids mental tricks—the real challenge is turning those tricks into habits, and that requires years of diligent practice. “This is where your parents are important,” Mischel says. “Have they established rituals that force you to delay on a daily basis? Do they encourage you to wait? And do they make waiting worthwhile?” According to Mischel, even the most mundane routines of childhood—such as not snacking before dinner, or saving up your allowance, or holding out until Christmas morning—are really sly exercises in cognitive training: we’re teaching ourselves how to think so that we can outsmart our desires.

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Posted by Cassandra at May 16, 2009 03:13 PM

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Very interesting. Just with my anecdotal observations with student and substitute teaching, I'd say he's right. Too many children today aren't properly taught to delay gratification. They want what they want, and they want it NOW, and too many parents give in to their child's every whim, regardless of the long-term harm it does to their child. And, that makes it much more difficult for the classroom teacher, which in turn can have adverse effects on the other children in the classroom, when the teacher has to constantly address the disruptive behavior of a particular student or students...

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at May 16, 2009 05:52 PM

A rather inciteful observation on instant gratification, which I believe is a prime contributor to the decline of society.

No one has time to wait, no one wants to work out the details, no one wants to put forth the effort...

Off Suject:

It's a rainy morning in Hampton Roads, I am going to the cemetery to pay respects to some old friends who actually are part of the reason I am who I am and am still alive. It seems like that kind of day. A second day of wearing dress blues because today I am going with other old guys.

Yesterday I went to Arlington. I was...(looking for the words)...to see a difference in the ways that more recently interred older peoples' graves were compared to younger persons.

Quick explanation, and while not isolated, it was not widespread: At some older SM's graves, there would be flowers and/or a small flag. Respect and love as traditionally expressed. At the younger SM's graves there were fotos, stories, smooth stones, empty bottles. All neatly arranged, and no doubt, expressing the same love and respect, only in a new generations' way.

I don't know if it puzzled me or what. I do know that I left a small flag at my dad's grave, stepped back, stood at attention and saluted smartly. An old guy (like I am not), nodded at me as I walked away and gave me one of those casual salutes, but with a tear in his eye.

(PS - listening to The Real Don Steele from KHJ Los Angeles in 1967...were we really like that???)

Posted by: Kbob in Katy at May 17, 2009 09:59 AM


via MM and Gateway Pundit, I read this. And all I can say is...wow.


...since we are having thoughts for the day

Posted by: Kbob in Katy at May 18, 2009 05:47 AM