In conversations with parents and educators, we commonly hear that what they most want for children is for them to live in joy, be resilient in the face of challenges, and to mature (as we learned from our friend Joseph Chilton Pearce) from infant bonding and dependence to interdependence and a connection with nature and community. They want them to become creative young people who are ready with head, heart, and hands to respond to life’s trials and to grow into self-reflective youths who are able to think even as they take action and to pause and reflect on the likely consequences of their choices.

This growth will not likely come from the quantity of information they memorize, nor the amount of blame, humiliation, and chastisement they receive. It will come from kindness and the high regard in which they’re held, along with the value placed on their sensory, emotional, and intuitive skills that allow them to creatively apply what they know. This natural maturation will be consistently supported by their mentors’ recognition of body intelligence and the complex and miraculous gifts of seeing, listening, and moving in uniquely varied patterns of expression.

 

© 2012 by Paul and Gail Dennison. All Rights Reserved.

 

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