This week, we’ve put together a few bits of light reading for you, so find a comfortable chair, put your feet up, and check out these points of view about parenting. Has the 10,000-hour rule made a difference in your parenting focus? How do you think parenting is different now compared to the 80s?
The 10,000-hour rule is wrong and perpetuates a cruel myth
By David Z. Hambrick, Fernanda Ferreira, and John M. Henderson, Slate
A decade ago, Magnus Carlsen, who at the time was only 13 years old, created a sensation in the chess world when he defeated former world champion Anatoly Karpov at a chess tournament in Reykjavik, Iceland, and the next day played then-top-rated Garry Kasparov —who is widely regarded as the best chess player of all time — to a draw.
Carlsen’s subsequent rise to chess stardom was meteoric: grandmaster status later in 2004; a share of first place in the Norwegian Chess Championship in 2006; youngest player ever to reach World No. 1 in 2010; and highest-rated player in history in 2012.
What explains this sort of spectacular success? What makes someone rise to the top in music, games, sports, business, or science? This question is the subject of one of psychology’s oldest debates. Read more…
This is why raising kids in the 80s was easier according to my mother
By Katie Smith
I’ve noticed something about myself and my parenting style; I am always in a rush. I am constantly trying to catch up. And I feel like I am not taking the time to breathe, much less have any fun. So lately, I have been trying really hard to live a life with less. Less stuff, less on the calendar, and less comparing myself to other families.
I began to realize during this slowing down process (probably because I’ve had more time to think) that when I was growing up, I don’t remember my mother running around, always in a rush to get to the next thing. In fact, I don’t even think that was a thing back then. Read more….