The big question parents should be asking is: when it works, why is it working; and if it doesn’t work, why not?
Our guest today with Roger and Virginia on The Learning Curve is Laurie Gray, the founder of Socratic Parenting. Laurie’s experience includes having been a high school teacher, a civil and criminal trial attorney and author of young adult literature. Currently she writes, speaks and consults through Socratic Parenting LLC as well as working as a child forensic interviewer and as a College Professor.
What would happen of you used “open inquiry” questions with your child instead of telling and indoctrinating? Would it lead to greater self discovery and appreciation of truth?
Socrates is said to have stated: I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
Only the practice of “open inquiry” opens the mind for thinking.
Many wise educators have deplored the current educational system’s practice of treating kids as sponges to be filled with the attempt to wring them dry at exam time. It is an unwise parenting practice also.
As Laurie explains, there is nothing more useless than a mind filled with others’ thoughts.
Hear Laurie explain the principles of Socratic Parenting — principles such as:
Be aware versus beware.
Don’t cause a child’s life to be ruled by fear.
Have the child being present with interested.
Acknowledgement and appreciation is a very important first step.
Accept who your child is.
Appreciate the positives.
And much more.