The Back-Burner Slow-Down
T Michael White MD
The FountainHead WhiteHouse
Friday, January 19, 2018
Dear Magnificent Ladies and Remarkable Gentlemen,
Thank you for all you do daily so well for so many.
As I move on in life from over-matched, totally flummoxed parent to brilliant grandparent, I am compelled to convey…
Through training and inclination, I have come to the opinion that a thoughtful, calm pre-school home environment is critical for the development of successful adolescents and adults. With this bias, I have regularly observed the importance of hours spent in play/work at Mom and/or Dad’s kitchen table.
Once a week, humorist Mr. Tim Rowland (a hero. Note1: it is good to have heroes. Note2: to make the man-crush even more intense, he has moved into the Adirondacks) successfully veers towards meaningful commentary. Please investigate his Positive Stimuli Needed as an Alternative to Drugs (Herald-Mail 12/30/2017). Consistent with my observations, he articulates the following points:
As food for thought, I wish to make a point that Mr. Rowland has neglected. Through trial and error, I have come to understand, children, even when doing well in school, require tutors in the home. Each parent brings her/his unique skill set to the home classroom (different strokes for different folks) ― for example, for me words are a passion and mathematics is a drudge. To round out experience, thoughtfully introduce tutors early and regularly. Don’t wait for a “fallen behind” alert.
In closing, congratulations on your fine executive decision making. Congratulations for finding balance, for family and career. Individuals, families, employers and society will be the better for it.
Time flies. Soon circumstance will “mercifully” find you back in the workforce and Immediately nostalgic for special days with special people at the kitchen table.
Thank you for giving this glance.
If worthy, please drop a (clearly needed) thought or two.
Dr. Dad/Old Dad