Thursday, October 3, 2013

Strangers on a Train

I'm posting this from a train somewhere in Connecticut on my way home from speaking at a school and doing a segment on the Today Show. The piece was about raising creative, trailblazing kids, and I got to sit next to Blessing of a B Minus author Wendy Mogel. In an amazing coincidence, my talk (about how kids can tap into their intrinsic motivation) was at Noble and Greenough, the morning after Wendy spoke to the parents about letting kids have space to be kids. We got to have dinner together before her talk, and two days later we sat next to each other on the Today Show couch. She's a lovely person, and I'm so happy I had the chance to meet her.

And in a big win for me, I got to say the name Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on live television. Now, if they just would ask me back to talk about Polish poetry, I'd get to say Czeslaw Milosz, the other name I have memorized phonetically.

Here's the clip from the show!

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  1. "For two hours in the afternoon on Saturday or Sunday they just have to find something to do and be quiet doing it."
    This is great idea. I would say, however, that 9 out of 10 parents these days would not give themselves permission to allow for unstructured creative time. They would most likely feel negligent as parents. So yes, they need to be reeducated. Great stuff!

  2. This interview is the tipping point of greatness... read the blog of Papa Green Bean to connect...