The word unfold runs counter to our busy, everyday lives. Who has time to watch something unfold? We are on a schedule, there are things to do and places to be. It’s like that flower bud in your garden. You noticed it was about to bloom, but when have time to check on it again it has fully opened. You completely missed the time in between.
Unfold is not a word we often use when we talk about our kids, but we should. Childhood is a time of discovery. A time to watch our children find their way and develop their personality. It’s like a beautifully wrapped present. You may start by carefully loosening the tape. However, as soon as we see a little opening, it’s like we can’t help ourselves. We rip off the wrapping anxious to see what is inside. We want to skip to the end result without allowing things to unfold.
What would change if we started allowing things to unfold? How different would it be if you approached your children from the perspective that they are in the process of unfolding who they are?
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