Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Indoor Parkour

They're fat
They're lazy
They refuse to grow up
They don't play outside
They don't get enough exercise
They don't take risks
They only play computer games
Their noses are in their cell phones all day
They're unfocused
Difficult to deal with
Excessive self esteem
Unrealistic expectations
Cannot survive the realities of the workplace
Have no idea what hard work is, unwilling to pay their dues
Don't take work seriously

I know, right?

Watch the video on YouTube
It's totally worth it.

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Who are these people? 
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Parents, well done. Given a difficult situation all around, and this is what develops.

Honestly, it's enough to make you fall in love with young people all over again. I'm impressed. And not just regular impressed, I'm deeply impressed.

I told my brother that every shot that I have of his youngest boy he's in motion. And that motion in every single shot is athletic. He has athletic form in his everyday motion so that his movement is 100% well formed. And he's moving 100% of the time. He's only six or so. My brother replied that his favorite non-school activity is ninja. Whatever that is. It must be something like this for little kids.

But given a chance, their noses are in their electronic tablets. Their time with the tablets is strictly governed. Instead of looking out the van window and taking in the scenery from Dinosaur Ridge directly, they were both using the camera in their tablets and holding the tablets up to the window to video the scene as it passes and watching the tablet in real time instead. Just goofing around because they're goofballs. But still. 


MamaM said...

While I love several Millenials, and value creativity, I am not falling in love with them or their approach to reality. The constant deflect to absurdity drives me nuts. Plus, life's a bitch when they do slip and hit the floor.

Amartel said...

One of my nephews does this and also skateboard trix. It's really impressive.

MamaM said...

Strict governing with the electronic equipment might work when they're small, but it becomes an almost impossible to monitor feat when they reach adolescence. At least that was how it was with the Msons, who turned into responsible adults as a result of finding another way around a system that didn't encourage or support their skills, abilities, or approach to learning, which was hand's on, pictorial and involved kinesthetic movement.

The encouragement and support of one adult who listens, appreciates and validates the lived awareness and experiences of a child has been found to be a key factor in the development of resilience and a healthy sense of self. That person can be a teacher, a parent, an uncle or aunt as long as they present themselves as genuinely interested and trustworthy. Even if that person might tend toward being a goofball themselves.