Wish I’d known this as a child – it’s such a powerful way to look at the world…that there’s a reason behind most every action.
I shared the pics of my little bro’s first child, & how being of the generation having kids right now, I look at these innocent little beings, barely able to move their first few wks/months of life, & realize what blank slates they truly are. An entire world of what they see at home, w extended fam, friends, neighbors, strangers, on the news, is gonna have this collective effect on shaping them into the person they’re gonna become.
Sure genetics impacts things like intelligence, looks, drive…but I can tell you after much experience, I’ve met many: smart, attractive, ambitious ppl & some of them are salt of the earth & some are flat out a-holes.
I bring all of the above up bc, extenuating factors & who & what we’re exposed to in life, playing an enormous role in how ppl develop & what they are “like” is still not the easiest concept for us adults to fully grasp. That’s why there are memes & quotes like this one.
BUT, imagine in some small way…some simple way, we could get this msg across to kids – in schools. Imagine what it’d do to help kids understand why others are acting the way they are! Why they, themselves, are acting the way they are!
It’d be nice for our kids to know they’re not damaged…that the kids in the playground aren’t purposefully mean…that feeling something now doesn’t mean you’ll always feel it.
The beauty of being a child is you see things as they are. But that’s also one of a child’s challenges. They don’t understand that often times they’re a victim of their circumstances – & they can find a better/healthier way to handle situations.
Wish I knew it when my desk was being moved to the back of the room in grade school. Wish a teacher asked me what I’d been facing at home, instead of strict discipline being THE strategy to handle the behavior.
As a society we’ve learned a lot abt behavior in the last 10yrs. It’s time we started to systematically use what we’ve learned to HELP our kids develop healthier minds.