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Carl LIndgren

Managing Editor / Founder, MAP Magazine

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What are the Top 5 things you can teach/share with a 6 year old?

I am interested in what other fathers/mother do with their kids to help them become kind, caring and humble human beings.

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  • Nov 16 2011: Things we have found to affect how they view their world:
    - Travel the world. Learn how to buy a loaf of bread with hand gestures if you don't know the local language. Our 2 sons have been far and near, and love the lead up to a big trip. Started them at ~ 8 months old (trips to Switzerland). Spent 2 weeks in Turkey this summer. They love each trip more than the last.
    - Music. Listen, play and write. My 10 year old has been playing violin for 5 years, my 11 yo, recently started drums. Next week we'll hear Musical Box recreate the entire Genesis album "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway". Last month it was the entire Bach solo violin works. In Dec, it's the Rite of Spring and Tchaikovsky violin concerto.
    - Read. Anything and everything. Helps you hear in another's voice. Often takes you to unexpected places.
    - Make stuff. Cook, build electronics projects (and take things apart, too!), build a tree house. Re-use stuff.
    - Share in their excitement and sense of accomplishment, and help/understand when they get frustrated. Also, share our own accomplishments and (as important) our own mistakes.
    - Help others. And keep all these other things in mind, so we can build bridges and empathize with people that we share our world with.

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