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This is what I Love, Love, Love about home education, being a Mum, enjoying a laid back educational journey with my daughter and being present to witness her create her own life……..
Yesterday, Little Miss Green said “I’m going to write ‘The’ and ‘There’ for you”. She got out her pen, went up to a piece of paper and wrote the words perfectly.
Thing is, they were in joined up writing:
She hasn’t asked me how to write in joined up letters, she hasn’t (to my knowledge), “learned’ it anywhere, she just decided today was the day and now was the moment to have a go at doing it.
And she did!
She was so proud of herself and I could see she felt very grown up with her new achievement.
I just love that if we step out of the way with trust in our souls and joy in our hearts there comes a moment when the time is right for progress. It is nothing to do with us, as parents. It’s nothing to do with education. It’s nothing to do with how ‘well’ we teach them. It’s all to do with a yearning within the child for growth, change and evolution.
Just as you cannot pull a butterfly from the chrysalis or force a rosebud to open, you cannot push a child to learn, perform and achieve.
I felt honoured to witness what to me, is such a miracle. It’s as miraculous as conception and birth itself and I’m reminded of Kahlil Gibran when he talks of children:
“You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.”
“You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.”
The other night I watched the film ‘Martian Child’. In it, the father of an adopted ‘martian’ submits his manuscript to his publisher. He has not delivered what he was paid to do because the inspired urge of creativity washed through him and he felt he had a more important message to deliver to the world.
His editor looks at him with a glance that could kill and says “Why can’t you just be who we WANT you to be?”
It reminds me of the current state of our education system and of myself when my ego gets in the way of parenting from a space of unconditional love. This week though, I learned too. I witnessed what happens when I just get out of the way and allow my daughter to be herself……….
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