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Let Them Be Learners

“Let them be little.”  I’ve heard that beautiful statement time and time again.

It seems we’ve grasped a sweet spot for our little people in this growing up adventure.  We’ve collectively made an effort to reclaim the simple things of childhood and stop asking 6 year olds to hold a conversation with the maturity of an 17 year old.  We’ve worked hard to create boundaries around these precious hearts, and I love it.  Let them be little.  All day long.

Today I thought about our teenagers and the pressures they face.  They are learning to adult in this practice zone of teenage years.  Learning to drive.  Learning high level coursework at school.  Learning how to have a job (or even jobs in my son’s case).  Learning to volunteer.  Trying to decipher what they want to be when they grow up.  So much more.

Our expectations of them, I’m afraid, sometimes speak to them having perfected adulthood in lieu of being in a practice zone for life on their own one day.

What if we create safe spaces to …

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