Simplifying Science

The "Filter Up" Theory

When I speak to parents, I try to teach them my "Filter Up" theory. Think recycling: we do it because our kids learn the importance of it, and then come home and implement it (basically by schooling us). That's information that has filtered up. The alternative is to educate (and educate and educate) the parents, who can then turn around and teach their kids, hoping the information will filter down. Don't get me wrong: there is a place for parental involvement. It is actually very important. But when it comes to the health and wellness of our kids, I have come to believe that we need to rely much more on filtering up and less on trickling down. The kids need to be the primary targets of information, not always their parents. Thank you Rukshan Mistry, for posting a blog about my new books with American Girl and how to educate kids effectively!