In Grace 说专心, Grace's dad brings the whole family out to see how others focus on their work. He brings her to watch
- a Teppanyaki chef cooking,
- a pastry chef or pâtissier decorating a cake, and
- a violinist playing melodious tunes!
He shows the importance of
- being intentional in parenting,
- creative in teaching his little one soft skills, and
- learning from the masters.
This brings to mind Charlotte Mason's habit of attention. She discouraged dawdling, which happens when we 心不在焉 / in 望着黑板 心在沙滩 state, with gaze drifting away, eyes having a faraway look, or getting fidgety. If our kids can enlist their will, choose to focus on the task at hand and we take care not to overwhelm them - we can spend less time on actual work and have more time for leisure and other things.
Perhaps it's time to visit @dintaifungsg to see the amazing chefs make 小笼包 at the glass window!
It's easy to show focus in things we like to do. The boys can spend hours creating elaborate cities with duplo, magnatiles, wooden train tracks, Lego people and animal figurines. They can run around the park with sticks and stones playing pretend with their friends all morning. We once had a perler bead craze and worked on our creations over days. One thing that baffles me is why they can't sit still to draw or colour for 5 minutes.
How do you encourage your kids to have patience in what they don't like, or in their weaker areas? I'm still trying to figure this one out, help needed here! - 5 hours ago