Although August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month in the United States, this is not related to breastfeeding directly. In a roundabout way, it is, since many of the children we have visited with this month have mamas that breastfed them and it makes me wonder…
We have been enjoying an extended road trip across several states since mid-August (read more here). As we have met several friends and their children along the way, I have noticed a few things that have inspired me and I want to share them with you.
What I have noticed when the children play:
Most impressive was watching a young lady who is turning two in November share everything our kiddos touched in her home without the “mine” word – not even once. She is loved by both of her parents and I know both parents invest a lot of time and love into this child. Amazing!
I find this especially striking during this time of year in the U.S. The election is nearing and the rhetoric is caustic. We hear about the differences. We hear about the bad in our country and in the world. We hear about “the other” people.
I have to wonder where the switch is. When do our children learn to stop finding common ground? Where do they learn to separate into groups that are “right” and “wrong”? When do they stop making friends and start making enemies?
It is our goal as parents to provide the opportunities for happiness to our children on a regular basis. We have to add to that. I want to reinforce that kindness and friendships need to rule our interactions. I want to find words that feed their tendency to find common ground and make friends instead of seeing other people as “the enemy”.
What do you to teach your children these concepts?
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