This poem, by Ray Lingenfelter, says it all:
I dreamed I stood in a studio
and watched two sculptors there.
The clay they used was a young child’s mind
and they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher.
The tools she used were books and music and art;
One was a parent
with a guiding hand and a gentle, loving heart.
And when at last their work was done,
they were proud of what they had wrought;
for the things they had worked into the child
could never be sold or bought.
And each agreed she would have failed
if she had worked alone;
for behind the parent stood the school,
and behind the teacher stood the home.
I’ve always loved this poem.
In this life, we don’t go it alone. When we learn how to connect with one another and appreciate what others bring into our lives (and into the lives of our children) – how rich it all becomes.
If you would like to further discuss the parent relationships in your program, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have lots to share.
My next series of posts will focus on Environments for Children.