New Age Fancy or Age Old Wisdom?

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.

Plato

3 thoughts on “New Age Fancy or Age Old Wisdom?

  1. Among other things, I read this whenever I conduct a baptism.

    If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn;
    If children live with hostility, they learn how to fight;
    If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy;
    If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
    If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient;
    If children live with encouragement, they learn to have confidence;
    If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate;
    If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
    If children live with security, they learn to have faith;
    If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves;
    If children live with love around them, they learn to give love to the world.

    Also…. this, from Kahlil Gibran

    “Your children are not your children. They are sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward not tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children are as living arrows sent forth. The archer sees a mark upon the path of the infinite, and he bends you with his might that his arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness for even he loves an arrow that flies, so he loves also the bow that is stable.” – Kahlil Gibran

    With love
    Richard

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    1. Hi there!

      That piece by Kahlil Gibran is also a personal favourite of mine and I think I shared it on my Facebook page a few months ago – it brings me to tears as it symbolises true parental love – thanks for “reminding” me of it xx

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