It was ten long years ago ...
I remember when
those sunny afternoons
first became scary and tense
and we all went home separately
At first I thought
those days would pass
like clouds or a headache
and things would warm up again at home
but they didn't.
The afternoons became weeks
and months became years,
alone and empty while I grew up
without the comfort and love of family
on my own.
It is no surprise that today’s teenager is mixed up.
Half the adults are telling him to “find himself,”
the other half tells him to “get lost.”
“Jessica compromised by getting a tattoo that looks like a piercing.”
“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an
atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are
tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible — the kind of
atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.”
— VIRGINIA SATIR (1916-1988)
Conference: A meeting where people talk about what they should be doing.
“We cannot know the consequences of suppressing a
child's spontaneity when he is just beginning to be active. We may even
suffocate life itself. That humanity which is revealed in all its
intellectual splendor during the sweet and tender age of childhood
should be respected with a kind of religious veneration. It is like the
sun which appears at dawn or a flower just beginning to bloom. Education
cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.”
— MARIA MONTESSORI
“If you want your children to improve,
let them overhear the nice things
you say about them to others.”
— HAIM GINOTT