with the hope and wonder of a child.
Perhaps you have heard of the concept of viewing the world through the eyes of a child. Children tend to see people and events with a pureness that hasn’t yet been twisted by cynicism and disappointment. Think about how awesome it is when your social media is filled with pictures of babies and puppies. There is something about their untested and untapped potential that warms our hearts and reminds us of our own potential light and life.
What happens, though, when that childlike bewilderment and awareness comes face to face with hurt and confusion?
Parents and elementary school teachers often praise the wisdom of children. Each day, teachers see how easily children make friends, then take one another’s hand, and head off for the playground. Moms and dads are often surprised by the depth of their children’s prayers.
The image of a terrarium many of us created as children illustrates what could occur in a child’s life if all of the various influences on their education work together to help the child grow. Conversations surrounding education naturally turn to the schools and teachers and curriculum, yet, there is one key influencer on a child’s education that is key: the home.