"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Skiing in North Conway

It's not that I'm anti-skiing, I'm just anti-a lot-of-effort-and-cost-with-minimal-rewards, you see. But Rich's desire combined with a free condo to stay at and skis to borrow helped to ease my angst. Not having to participate in the actual skiing helped too. And don't get me wrong, I'm all for skiing but I'll wait to do it when I'm either kid-free or when the monkeys are teenagers and completely independent. Who knew I severely lacked such patience in this department!? (Obviously rhetorical.)
Anyway, since Daddy was in charge of all things documentative, all I got were videos...
Gabriel lasted about 3 runs. I think he was disappointed in the lack of "extreme skiing" for his first time.

Simone made several runs and then rode the chair lift to the top and skied down with Daddy. Apparently skiing is old hat for her.

1 comment:

homemoma said...

wow, amazing.

we have not had much snow here this year.

"By nature people are learning animals. Birds fly; fish swim; humans think and learn. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing, or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do - and all we need to do - is to give children as much help and guidance as they need and ask for, listen respectfully when they feel like talking, and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest."
John Holt
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George Bernard Shaw
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