A picture is worth a thousand words. If you are developmentalist, such as I, you know that nature works at it’s own pace. The first 6 years of a child’s life much is happening under the surface. The brain is literally dedicated to laying a down a foundation for the rest of the child’s life to unfold. Much is happening on the inside before we see the fruit of maturation . The child is forming emotional connections with their attachments. We tend to be impatient in society when it comes to development and begin to push for results, sometimes prematurely, and most often to the detriment of the child. In doing so we run the risk of getting the carrot on the right hand side. It looks the way we want it to on the surface but is lacking a strong, secure root. How many people do we know that have appearances handled yet are suffering from paralyzing insecurity underneath.  However, if we realize that this process is a slow one, as unique as every child and person and that much is happening under the surface long before we see growth on the outside then we can then wait patiently. A a parent I am nurturing that process in my children knowing that I will see genuine growth in due time. It is so rewarding when I see my children truly growing…integrative, adaptive and emergent.  I like to share this photo with teachers and parents alike when I’m discussing child development. I like to ask them which carrot they’d prefer and see where that conversations goes!

About dmfindlay

I am currently enrolled in the Master of Education program at SFU focussing on Contemplative Inquiry and Approaches in Education. This blog outlines my journey over the next 2 years
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