In days of old it was accepted that children would be children

In days of old it was accepted that children would be children.

In days of old it was accepted that some children were spirited and mischievous.

In days of old it was accepted that some children liked spending quiet time alone more so than mixing with others.

In days of old it was accepted that some children were loud, excitable, exuberant, and sometimes difficult to control.

In days of old it was accepted that some children worked better academically than others.

In days of old it was accepted that some children worked better with their hands than others.

In days of old it was accepted that some children had vivid imaginations and often talked to their invisible friends.

In days of old it was accepted that some children experienced a full and rich spiritual life.

In days of old it was accepted that some children had more than others, in some cases, much, much more.

In days of old it was accepted that some children went without the love, nurturing, and support of a close family.

In days of old it was accepted that some children would remain free spirited and never be tied to one thing for long.

In days of old it was accepted that some children were highly strung because there were problems at home which no-one talked about.

In days of old it was accepted that some children would focus on one thing and one thing only until they became bored and were onto the next thing that captured their attention.

In days of old it was accepted that some children would grow up to be stable, predictable, comfortable.

In days of old it was accepted that some children were disruptive in class.

In days of old it was accepted that some children were driven to achieve their goals.

In days of old it was accepted that some children were so laid back it was puzzling as to what would become of them.

In days of old it was accepted that all children were unique and gifted in their own special way.

In days of old it was accepted that children would be children.

They were the days of old and the reality is it was not accepted how children were because now we have labels and drugs for them which I believe will eventually change:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Attention Seeking Disorders
  • Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Learning disabled
  • And more…

Irrespective of race, colour, or creed, the vibrant mix of personalities we are blessed with is what makes our world interesting, challenging, at times downright dangerous and deadly. Personalities also make our world a place of mystery, learning, harmony, peace and love.

As the species at the top of the food chain and stewards of Earth I believe it’s up to all of us to embrace the uniqueness of the little ones following and to be the strong mentors, teachers, leaders, and spiritual advisors they need in order to use their uniqueness for the good of all when it’s their turn to step into the shoes of being a steward of the Earth.

(If unsure on what to teach, how, when or why start doing some research, check the internet, there are literally thousands of therapies, coaches, meditations, get feedback from others, and use your intuition to guide you)

Giving our children our precious time, gentle guidance, showing them new ways of doing things better, teaching them tolerance, compassion and understanding, as well as understanding the consequences of their actions, is not an easy task or fix by any stretch of the imagination. It’s also more complex than this post, so the journey will most probably be long, fraught with setbacks, highlights, down times, and great achievement, and depending on the child’s personality it might take patience to the extreme, and will occasionally highlight personal shortfalls – all of which are hidden opportunities for continued learning. The end result of all this?  Growth. Growth for both child and adult 🙂