For sure. But Google is not your brain. And neither is it your child’s brain. It knows more stuff than we will ever be able to absorb. But does it know how to process all of this knowledge, and develop critical thinking paths?
There is one sure-fire way to teach your family how to think. Please encourage them to internalise facts, and not only search for it on a device. Do they know how many planets are in our solar system? Have all of you spent an evening lying on a blanket staring up at the sky, identifying stars? And – answer this question honestly – have you taught your kids to dance in moon shadows during the full moon?
These seemingly frivolous experiences are the very things that teach us how to ground ourselves in, what has become, an apparently ‘virtual’ world. Make time to teach your kids to look at the earth and its bounty, the sun, the moon and the stars. By understanding the physical nature of our existence, we are all better able to look after ourselves in a sometimes overwhelming world. So pause for a moment and ask yourself, what do we have to learn ourselves, and teach the little ones, to sustain ourselves? Are we really conscious of our surroundings – of what we eat, how we think and our behaviour toward people who may be less fortunate?
One constant is the family evening meal – a place of togetherness and love – where we sustain our loved ones and ourselves. But as most adults know, it is not always possible to be at home to cook, clean and do the washing. That is why we have Dr. Oetker, to help us serve tasty meals, including yummy veggies with family favourites such as pizzas and pastas. This type of tasty convenience allows you to truly savour your family time and share your stories, perspectives and ask your kids about theirs.
TastyMoments suggests these three easy ways you can help your kids “see” the world in a new light.
- Teach them to ask “why” – understanding the “why” of life is often more valuable than understanding “what it is”.
- Teach them that just because it’s on the Internet, doesn’t make it a fact or correct. Teach them the value of looking at multiple sources of information, including their own eyes, to get a full picture.
- Learn to pause, and ask questions – if you’re always solving problems on their behalf, your child is at risk of becoming a lazy thinker later in life. Critical thinking skills come from analysis and unpacking problems logically – guide them but don’t tell them the answer. Let them get there themselves.
Often, we are in too much of a hurry to teach our kids how to make sure they get the nutrients they need. So, when next you are grilling that Ital Pizza Familia (we love the bacon and spring onion variant), show your kids how to put together a salad, or how to warm up the vegetables. It is true, in this hurried world we don’t always have time to do everything from scratch, but we can still make sure we provide the right sustenance – whether in the form of good food, or good food for thought.
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