Good Advice for Parents

little-heathens-hard-times-high-spirits-on-iowa-mildred-armstrong-kalish-paperback-cover-artQuote from a sweet book by Mildred Armstrong Kalish about growing up in the depression in Iowa:

Without knowing it, the adults in our lives practiced a most productive kind of behavior modification.  After our chores and household duties were done we were given “permission” to read.  In other words, our elders positioned reading as a privilege–a much sought-after prize, granted only to those goodhardworkers who earned it.  How clever of them.

Our parents did the same thing.  And it worked.

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