The statement in the above picture is one I often think about. It was written by Magda Gerber who was an early childhood educator in the United States and is known for teaching parents and children. When you have children you pretty much presume they will pick a book up and in time the words will click together and with support from you and teachers, reading will come naturally, like walking and talking. Sometimes it doesn’t, sometimes things happen to make it more difficult than that. In our case it was dyslexia. Something that has made us realise that the race really isn’t important. Having a childhood is far more important.
Childhood begins at their very first breath at birth. A child should be able to enjoy their time growing, developing, and learning all there is to learn in this fast paced world, without having to worry about getting to a certain milestone in their life too quickly. I feel it is important to protect them in such a way that we allow them to learn and grow at their own pace, if we can do that then surely we have succeeded.
We hear over and over again that times flies and it is true and I’m sure it’s true for the child too so let’s try and make it last. I now know from the road we have gone down with Dylan that children will naturally learn things in their own way and on their own time schedule. I watch Matilda play and like most toddlers she is like a sponge, soaking up every new experience.
We should be sitting back and afford them this opportunity of childhood by any means we can. A child’s journey should be filled with fun, play, music, and laughter. Children grow up way too quickly, before too long their childhood has ended and they are then faced with tough life issues and greater responsibilities.
Let them play, let them be children.