Sunday, April 27, 2014


 (E and S at their violin recital.)

Suzuki tells me not to nag my children to practice.


He says, "patience is merely the absence of expectation."

He would also like my children to practice 3 hours every day.

Wait a minute....... (said in that funny voice I do)


Michael Larson said...

I love that quote... "patience is the absence of expectation". I don't know of any other way to be patient.

That being said, isn't it generally accepted as a positive thing to have high expectations for your children?

Will said...

That's what I was thinking Mike.

When I think of having no expectations for our children, it seems to mean there are no goals set, no success anticipated.

If we don't expect anything from our children, wouldn't they feel like we believe they won't amount to much?

Perhaps having an "absence of expectation" would result in patience because there would never be cause to be dissapointed in our children. Meaning we wouldn't hold them to our expectations, but let them develop naturally in their own way and time. What talents would then emerge I wonder?

Megan said...

Oops, the above is my comment.