No one wants to see young people drift into problem behaviour; but we may be helping to create it. It's not our commitment to raising healthy children that is the problem; it's simply that the methods we use to keep our children safe inadvertently put them at much greater risk of serious harm…
Families everywhere are teaching me:
• We need to be vigilant when real risks exist, but ease up when our fear gets the better of us…
• When children do act out and put themselves in harm's way, we need to force ourselves to listen to them closely so they can tell us why they have chosen to take more risk and assume more responsibility than we think they can handle.
• Then we need to provide children with safe substitutes for their inappropriate risk-taking and responsibility-seeking behaviour that can provide just as much excitement as they found when they put themselves in harm's way.
A few years ago, writing about the book business and how dumbed down and craven books had become—and pathetic, designed only to sell and then not selling—I wrote the line “books suck,” subjecting me to much middlebrow opprobrium.
I’d like to revise that line: Books are evil.
They’re pernicious. They represent themselves as being one thing, when they’re insidiously the opposite.
I've noticed that people who read a lot of blogs and a lot of books also tend to be intellectually curious, thirsty for knowledge, quicker to adopt new ideas and more likely to do important work.
I wonder which comes first, the curiosity or the success?
Musician Dave Carroll recently posted a video on YouTube after United Airlines refused to take responsibility for one of its employees' having wrecked his Taylor guitar.
In his last conversation with the United Airlines Customer Relations Manager, Carroll said he would make a music video to expose the airline's lack of cooperation. The manager replied, "Good luck with that one, pal."
Carroll didn't need luck. He needed, and had, creativity–and the Web. His video has received almost 6 million hits. United Airlines contacted him and tried to settle. The quid pro quo: pull the video. Dave replied, "Good luck with that one, pal."
Taylor Guitars sent Carroll two new custom guitars in appreciation for the product recognition from the video that led to a sharp increase in orders.