Having been away for the first week it gave me an insight into how busy we are at Galilee. I looked from afar at the calendar and the amount of learning activities that occurred in only one week.
We visited our oldest daughter, who is currently living in Canada. It was a rare but precious opportunity to spend extended time with her at the age of twenty-two. When our children are small, we spend many hours with them and can sometimes take it for granted. The role of a parent is to nurture their children and encourage independence and resilience so one day they can make decisions and live a rewarding life. However, this means that as they get older, they spend less time with their parents and develop other influential relationships. Parents are the main educators of their children and although individuals, often reflect the modelling and values of their parents. Parents who encourage resilience in their children are helping them to build the strategies to deal with challenging issues they may be faced with later in life, when parents are not able to protect them. The opposite is also true of parents who always want to intervene on behalf of their children. This can result in the child feeling disempowered and lacking the confidence to ever defend themselves. Children who are encouraged to be independent, while feeling loved, often develop greater confidence in social interactions and learning. Children whose parents answer for them too often can develop a feeling of helplessness and lack an interest or confidence in learning. These behaviours can be learnt even before starting school. Our children are a product of parenting and I encourage everyone to enjoy the moments with your children while they are young and in your presence.