A new, wholehearted way of looking at disagreements

July 01, 2023

Quote of the Week

"The growth of knowledge depends entirely upon disagreement" -- Karl Popper

Lets Agree To Disagree More

Learning to engage over differences is increasingly important for families. It is so easy for members young and old to distract themselves in fast-paced work, social commitments and more so technological contrivances (phones, screens, et al). Conflicts, differences of opinions can be tangled affairs, esp in mixed age settings; think a dinner table with teenage kids. But a world-leading debater, Bo Seo, argues that learning to disagree better is the foundation of rich, more connected relationships. This practice helps us grow as individuals and as a collective, and deepens how we relate with the world around us. Take a listen and harness the power of disagreements with your family and children.

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Reading Corner

Title: The Kraken's Rules for Making Friends
Author: Brittany R. Jacobs
Ages: 3 to 7

"Making friends can be a challenge, especially if you have a temper and are a legendary sea monster. Kraken is lonely; all the other fish are scared of him. Even disguised, Kraken cannot make friends. One day, Kraken spots another ferocious fish, Great White Shark, who is surrounded by his fish friends. If the Great White Shark can make friends, maybe Kraken can too, especially if Great White Shark shares his rules for making friends. Will these friendship tips help the Kraken find a pal to call his own?

Brittany Jacobs’ comic style illustrations, specifically Kraken and Shark’s exaggerated facial expressions and gestures, add levity to a story about friendship, being yourself, and the struggle to belong. A great example of this is Shark’s rule number “SHARE!” Here Jacobs adds amusing details; while Shark is sharing beach balls, Kraken is sharing great piles of sand, bones, and pirate loot, scaring the other fish. The text capturing Shark’s rules of friendship is enlarged and bold, highlighting their importance to the story, while the illustrations help demonstrate how to be a good friend.

The story’s hopeful ending leaves readers feeling good, as Shark and Kraken share a hug. This story is sure to please readers during a one-on-one storytime."

-- Westpont Public Library's Review

Be the Change

Invite children in your family or those to immerse in this sound art exercise from Tate Modern Museum in London, UK. It asks participants to choose from one of the five sounds, listen to it closely and draw a 'sound creature'. Our everyday lives are inundated with sounds of myriad forms and textures; take the opportunity with this art project to channel your listening abilities over one sound piece and see where it takes you. After all, listening attentively empowers us to meaningfully disagree yet connect. This 30-minute exercise can be enjoyed by young and seasoned alike. 

You may also take inspiration from our feature artwork above titled, Three Musicians, by Picasso.