A twenty week parenting programme, modifiable for use with children of any age.
Plant broad bean seeds, with your child, in your garden or window box.
Discussion topics: hope; expectation; intimidation.
Talk about the root growing downwards.
Discussion topics: home; extradition; fraud.
Talk about the shoot growing upwards.
Discussion topics: school; duress; forfeiture.
Talk about the leaves; the need for sunlight, air and water.
Discussion topics: survival; dependency; addiction.
Talk about the flower buds.
Discussion topics: puberty; defamation; malice.
Talk about the flowers; the bee sipping the nectar; the pollen dusting the bee; the bee carrying the pollen to another flower; the seeds forming in the flower.
Discussion topics: work; interdependency; perjury.
Talk about the seed and the pollen; the new bean; the dying flower.
Discussion topics: sex; death; culpability.
Pick the bean pods.
Discussion topics: consequences; metamemory; guilt.
Pluck the beans from the pods. Shell the beans with your child. Shelling the beans allows difficult conversations to unfold without eye contact. Some people advocate driving in a car for such conversations. The Fava Method™ is the environmentally friendly option.
Purchase The Fava Method™ Cookbook for recipes high in protein, fibre and B vitamins for energy and cognitive function, to build a resilient and creative child.
The Fava Method™
We know our beans.