Forget about the Ivy League – preparing your kid for life past college acceptance

Forget about the Ivy League – preparing your kid for life past college acceptance

Our global society has a great myth: do well in school, get into a good university, graduate, find a good job, work at good job for 50 years, retire. This is how we are supposed to live our lives. 

Along the way, nobody in the school systems asks what your goals are for yourself as a human being or how to you want to create a purpose-driven life. 

The new generation of young people is often confusing to Gen X parents. They tend to seek meaning, purpose, and flow states over traditional ideas of success, luxury, and money. However our school systems don't help kids cultivate these critical needs of human beings.

Extracurricular Overload! Raising Comprehensive (Not Overwhelmed) Kids

Extracurricular Overload! Raising Comprehensive (Not Overwhelmed) Kids

It seems like to compete in the modern college application culture, kids need to start their dozens of extracurricular activities from the time they're in early elementary school. 

We all want our kids to be "well-rounded," but it's hard not to look at your 11 year old having a meltdown over how busy she is and not think that something must be a little wrong here.   

Do you ever wonder how to help your kids be comprehensive without making them too busy to discover what they really like? 

Why It’s Okay to Be Afraid of Starting A New Thing with Your Kid's Education [and do it anyway]

Why It’s Okay to Be Afraid of Starting A New Thing with Your Kid's Education [and do it anyway]

I hear these fears from parents I talk to all the time about Armada's alternative approach to learning.

The fear of trying something new often stops people dead in their tracks before they even start. But starting something new with your kids education is a fear that is worth taking. 

I remember when I was 9 years old and my parents let me go on a trip by myself to Minnesota all the way from California. I remember looking back to them as they waved to me from behind the security clearance area. I remember the fear inside me: would I make it alone, would I get lost in the airport?

3 Reasons You Should Feel Proud to Be Innovating Your Child's Education

3 Reasons You Should Feel Proud to Be Innovating Your Child's Education

Have you heard any of these refrains before from friends, colleagues, or even your own parents: 

"How will your kid ever get into college if they don't go to school?"

"Your kids need to go to school to be social."

"You're crazy. I would never take a risk like that with my kid."

Alright, let's take a deep breathe. Ready: Breathe in 1, 2, 3, 4, and release 1, 2, 3, 4. Letting go and tuning out of peer pressure can be one of the hardest things for a parent to do, but it might just be the best possible thing you can do for your kids.

Our 5 Step Guide to Goal Setting with Your Kids

Our 5 Step Guide to Goal Setting with Your Kids

Isn't that truly a worthy goal for your child- to be happy? 

Logan goes on to talk about how traditional schools don't focus on cultivating happiness and healthiness in their students. Traditional schools make all students learn in largely the same way. In traditional school, we must know the same things, have the same skills, and achieve the same learning goals.

But what if you could help your child center her learning on her deepest and most wanted goals for herself?

It's not an easy task, but we believe that is the true vocation of education: to cultivate a meaningful and happy life.

4 Ways to Help Your Kids Discover Their Interests

4 Ways to Help Your Kids Discover Their Interests

When Felix showed interest in game design and fantasy worlds, Brendan and he created the Never Ending World Game to really delve into the details of game design. In a traditional school, you have to wait for rare assignments where you can choose your own topic to get a chance to experiment and research something you're actually interested in.  

We encourage parents and educators to help their kids to discover what they truly love. Here are four of our favorite ideas and methods to do so:

Our 7 Best Tips for Hiking with Kids

Our 7 Best Tips for Hiking with Kids

Helping children interact with nature can be a really powerful way to help them grow, especially as kids spend more and more time inside and lose that connection. Whether you’re interested in bringing your kids on hiking trips and outdoor excursions or you’ve been trailblazing as a family for years, here are some tips that our team has come up with in our experiences outside:

Messy Lessons: 4 Pieces of Advice for Cooking with Kids

Messy Lessons: 4 Pieces of Advice for Cooking with Kids

Emily and I share a passion for food and cooking. From what I can tell, our interest was born from the same influence, too – our mothers. No one makes chocolate chip cookies like my mama, and Emily regularly references her mom’s favorite foods and tastes. It’s fun for us to share stories about enjoying food with our families, but even more fun to get in the kitchen and enjoy creating something yummy together.