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‘’While we try to teach our children all about life…

… Our children teach us what life is about’’

One of the most widely known quotes about the wonders of children is from Angela Schwindt. A woman that is almost impossible to find anything out about on the internet … which has its charms.
What I do know is that she was a home school mother living in America that, I believe, felt blessed with the knowledge that she has put this powerful statement out to the world and needs neither reward nor social followings to boost her ego. OR she has simply disappeared under an alias into the big ol’ Cloud.
Either way; I love how it makes me stop and think… Are we taking the time to appreciate the little things in life instead pushing children through season to season, event to event? Are we; who are in a prime position, missing the little wonders that are brought to us daily just by observing and listening to those tiny humans? Are we?

By slowing things down to take the time, see things from another perspective or to breathe in an experience is a luxury some just do not have.

Luckily this is one of the revolutionary cornerstones we are bringing to our daily practices.

Simplicity is the greatest form of appreciation. Whether that is being thankful for a hot cup of coffee, a restful sleep, a small act of kindness or the gratitude for what you have in life; we can plainly see this very same appreciation through the attention that a child give to the smallest of creations: a bug, a leaf, a piece of fluff; the inspection that is given using their senses and the time they take in doing so is a joy to marvel.

Their passion to create, and build, explaining their ideologies are beyond our imagination when we give them the freedom to explore, the support to feel safe to do it and the patience for them to overcome obstacles independently or with each other.
Through these experiences that we open to children not only build their resilience for tough times but allows them to develop a life ethic in turn a work ethic.

Sounds like perfect common sense doesn’t it? 

Ofcourse it does but unfortunately overwhelming stimulation and bustling transitions are what children have become subjected to.

What happens to them?

Well, continuing this cycle in a daily context of stressful hyper-stimulation creates a brain with a life-long tendency to anxiety, it increases the levels of stress hormones in kids bodies, it makes them feel pushed and controlled (resulting in lashing out in an attempt to control a situation) habituates them to busyness so they become bored craving only electronic stimulation. It keeps them from perusing or discovering their own passions, creates chronic feeling of incompleteness, prevents them from attending to their emotions and interrupts their developmental work of exploring the world thus losing their curiosity. Stress forces them out of ‘living in the moment’ and overrides their natural inclination to ‘’do it myself’’ which sabotage the development of competence.

If anything, what we are seeing now is more about putting huge amounts of activity into place for children to constantly become engaged but not providing opportunity for us to become engaged with them. Slow down, enjoy these moments… for their sake and yours.

#LetsChangeTheFuture