Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Ingredients of the village to raise a child.

  • Wise old person (more if on special)
  • some grandparents or similar
  • some aunts and uncles
  • home: when we have to go there they have to take us in.
  • some people who remember the parents as children
  • builder
  • crafters
  • places to go often
  • storyteller
  • musician
  • gardener
  • share in tasks so know who made/grew possessions/food and how they did it
  • community for parents: exchange of ideas, joy in the children, spread of responsibility
  • someone with high expectations
  • a gatherer
  • a healer
  • people to recognise when going places
  • listener: someone warmly attentive
  • bush savvy people
  • adventurer
  • variety pack of role models, particularly occupational
  • Adults must demonstrate a range of successful ways of being (get extra if needed).
  • variety pack of potential partners
  • some friends whose parents are friends of the parents
  • Other children must be varied enough to learn from, to teach, and to have changing or life-long alliances with.
  • cousins (unruly brood, a dozen kids to know a long time)
  • more siblings? (read packet, get good quality organic fair trade ones)
  • Try for an integrated recipe for being, allow for variations in cooking practice.
Anything else?


Blogger Ancient Clown said...

I agree with you on this...I've often used the statement; "It takes a village to raise a child." I would like to use this list if that would be okay? In exchange I give you the Art of Wire Tree-making to share with the children. "To give a person a tree is to give them a present...but to teach them how to make a tree is a gif for life."
your humble servant,
Ancient Clown

12:47 AM  
Blogger Ancient Clown said...

Aside from advising the children to NOT follow the parents as they have been lied to and mislead so will do the same to you, and advising the parents to follow the children as they will lead you back to GOD, I would add; "Parents do not teach your children that you know everything when guiding them to their path, rather teach them everything you know that they may improve it and find their own way."
your humble servant,
Ancient Clown

1:06 AM  
Blogger susan said...

You're welcome and thank you for the trees.

1:14 AM  
Blogger overtherainbow said...

How about a musician?

11:48 PM  
Blogger susan said...

Good idea Over the Rainbow, I'll pop one in now.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

Great list! Since there's a gardener there must be plants ... but how about animals (wild ones and pets)?

10:55 PM  
Blogger susan said...

Thanks Elsbeth, there should be animals but I haven't worked out what kinds are part of the village above and beyond "share in tasks so know who made/grew possessions/food and how they did it" and what is part of The Good Life (which is a different question).

12:07 AM  

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