I'm laying here beside Tristan, rubbing his back and helping him go back to sleep. He stayed up late and woke up too early and is having trouble falling back asleep. My mind is just full of amazing thoughts about him and what an incredible human being he is.
My mind wanders to a comment that someone made about the unschooling article that was in People magazine a couple of weeks ago, that featured my sister and her family. The comment was that parents need to exert control over their children. Our philosophy is that we are here to keep them safe and to help guide them in their UNIQUE life journey, not to make them what we want them to be.
So, it got me to thinking...............................many of these comments come from far right, conservative Christians, which makes me very sad because I am a Christian and firmly believe at looking towards the example of Christ. The next thought was "Well, if we are to be following the example of Christ then it would do us some good to look at the relationship that he had with his parents", which brings me right back to my philosophy on parenting. Christ had an incredible purpose on this earth, for sure, but you don't read about his parents trying to "control" him. I think that would have lead to disaster for them. Their job was to keep him safe and care for him and then get out of the way and let him do what he was put on this earth to do.
Every single one of us was put on this earth for a purpose also. We are not accidents but planned out and put on this earth for a very unique purpose. My job as a parent is to bring as much joy into my children's life, to keep them safe, and to help guide them in their unique life journey and then get out of the way and let them do what they were put on this earth to do. I don't know exactly what that is for each of them but deep inside they know. THEY ARE POWERFUL, POSITIVE, HUMAN BEINGS!!!
I'm just so amazed as I watch each of them discover what their purpose is in this thing called life and I am so blessed and lucky to be able to walk beside them, for a litte while, as life unfolds for them! Thank you my little ones for bringing so much JOY into my life!!!