Connection paves the way for strong relationships, healthy empowered discipline and learning opportunities. The more we connect with our children in times of struggle, the safer they feel expressing to us their struggles. As our children grow we want them to be able to come to us with their problems. We must cultivate connection as our first response, so that we can be trusted by them to hold space. Witnessing their emotions and allowing them to feel is challenging in our “quick-fix” bandaid the issue culture. Empathy and connection is a skill and it takes practice to embody.
'Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.' Howard Thurman
From the dawn of time, man has searched for deeper meaning to how we got here, who we are and why we are here. These sparks of deep unquenching wonders and curiosities have evolved over millennia, but the answers to these burning questions have remained subjective at best. There simply seems to be no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all answers to life’s deepest questions. You may ask, what do these esoteric inquires into the nature of life itself have to do with education and optimal childhood development? If life’s deepest mysteries remain unanswered, let alone the constitutional make up of each unique individual, how can we begin to think we know exactly what and how we should teach our children?
Children are natural explorers, in a fervent exploration to remember the essence of who they are. Their surroundings serving as doorways into the infinite world of wonder for which one can endlessly explore. Why indeed do children desire to explore this world of wonder, what answers do these mysteries hold for them and how can we as adults support them in this uniquely intuitive quest?