064 TSP Self Reflection | The Cold Shower Experiment

Dr. Suzuki advised self reflection for parents and teachers as a way to become better parents, teachers, students, and people in general. But how do we do “Self Reflection”? What does self reflection look like? What tools should we use?

This episode examines the possible answers to this question and suggests some interesting experiments that might spark our interest in doing more self reflection.

Here are links to the resources mentioned in the podcast (affiliate links):

Ability Development From Age Zero by Dr. Suzuki (Kindle version)

Nurtured by Love by Dr. Suzuki (Kindle version)

To Learn With Love: A Companion for Suzuki Parents by William and Constance Starr (Kindle version)

Juggling for the Complete Klutz

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (this is the book that explains the use of the morning pages tool).

Blueline Notebook: This is the morning pages journal that I use. It is an add-on item in Amazon, and I have used it for years! It has an index page in the beginning and a page of stickers to use as tabs and labels for the journal. I really like this book because it lays flat and has a place for page numbering. This is my morning journal (diary) of choice!

For an older post about useful tools for teachers and parents, including the morning pages tool described in the podcast episode, here is a brief blog post that explores this topic: useful tools.

I have learned a lot of useful lessons about teaching and raising children with my own backyard flock of chickens. Here is the blog post about the chickens: Lessons From the Chicken Coop.

And, since many of you may be really eager to find out more about the cold shower experiment as a lesson in developing self discipline, check out this video. Very interesting experiment!


If you are a parent of a beginning violin student and looking for help in between lessons, consider my book The Twinkle Project as a resource of teaching points, learning steps, and games and activities to assist the parent in practicing at home. I include a great deal of information, tools, worksheets, and checklists to assist parents. A parent who struggles to remember what to do in between weekly lessons will find all the answers in this book.

Many teachers will also find this book a helpful resource because it gathers in one place all the information to be used to teach a beginning violin student from the initial start up steps to the point of performing all the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star variations. I have included all the tiny steps that I use when I begin a young violin student.

wonderful resource and guide that has all the nuts and bolts organized so nicely for the twinkle stages of study … looking forward to sharing with parents as a useful tool towards goal setting, pacing and achievement! — MD Suzuki teacher

For more information about The Twinkle Project, including the two short movies that explain why I wrote the book and give a good overview of what the book is about and what it contains, visit here. You can purchase the book here.

If you have questions or answers or you would like to comment or leave me a voice mail, you can do so at (512) 537-6356. If you would like to send me an email, you may do so at paula@teachsuzuki.com. I welcome comments and questions about this episode and am interested in hearing about the perspective of other parents and teachers.

You may find more information and useful articles on my blog at: Teach Suzuki Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

© 2017 by Paula E. Bird

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Author: Paula Bird

I am a professional violinist, university teacher, and private instructor with training in the Suzuki Method of Talent Education. I have decades of experience as a teacher and am willing to share my knowledge with parents and teachers of children who are learning music using the Suzuki Method.

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