A Little Goes a Long Way
Posted June 6, 2011on:
It’s important to remember that our children are little. They are young. This title of “little” is in reference to infants, toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary school students. And if you have these little ones or you know them – how lucky you are!
It is so very important to recognize that children have limits to what they are capable of; they are literally just learning about the world. There are also limits to what our expectations of young children should be; expectations should match the child’s abilities.
Having said this, I am also continually amazed at what “little” children are capable of:
We are bombarded with breaking news of the challenges and struggles of our communities and more extensive global concerns – but always there is a story of a child in response. A “little” one who has recruited adults and other children to take action and help. We can see this in our neighborhoods; children are visible parts of fund raising for worthy causes and advocacy for improved conditions. This is making a difference.
In a home, school and community setting young children have a collected voice that promotes what is best – but their voice needs to be heard.
Watch your children. They are watching you.
A child in the garden that spends time looking at a lady bug and asks you questions about what she eats, where she lives and how she flies is asking you to help him decide on how to take care of his world. A little one who worries about a stray cat or a lost puppy is asking you how to make decisions to help when there is a need. A child that wonders why you contribute or volunteer to a cause is asking you how they can make a difference to what is important. A little conversation goes a long way to change your child’s life. A little child goes a long way to change the world.
“Teaching your child not to step on a caterpillar is as important to the child as it is to the caterpillar.” Anonymous