Have you ever thought of it like that? Possibly not when continuous days with children can be a bit wearing, doing activities at their level a bit boring and their endless energy exhausting!
But if you think about it, every moment you spend with children influences a future. Their future. Your future. Society’s future. The earth’s.
Why is that then?
Well – children are so readily influenced; so believing and naive and absorbent to learning. The experiences they have with you, however large or seemingly small, make an impact on them. They are like little computers gathering input from the things around them, from the things that happen and are said to them, and assimilating that with what has happened before. Small children don’t even have the filters that come with maturity to distinguish right from wrong, good from bad. They just absorb it all. Take it fairly literally. Digest it. And what they perceive becomes part of them.
So whatever experience they have with you, whether it’s fun or loving, wise or trusting, harsh or unjust, exciting or dull or dismissive, it moulds their understanding and view of the world, their education and even their personalities to a degree.
All interactions with our worlds shape who we are and what we do with our future. And the biggest influence on that shape comes when we are young, through the people we’re with.
Like your child with you.
That’s the way in which being with children has the opportunity to shape the future; we’re shaping a future being.
No small responsibility then!
But it needn’t be daunting. For it is quite simple really. Simply being with children – and being simply good – does the trick.
Being positive and fair, encouraging and caring, showing them what an unbelievably exciting place the world can be, what a myriad of fulfilling possibilities there are, how incredible all aspects of the planet are, how being loving and caring of the planet and the people in it will bring love and care back to them, and how to deal with aspects of the opposite in a way that dissipates harm rather than expanding it. Just showing how a simple kind of goodness makes life good – that’s enough to shape a good future – make it simple and sweet.
These are the ways in which we have the opportunity to enhance a future. Everyone’s future, for the way in which our children grow up will impact on everyone if you think about it broadly.
That’s what you’ll be doing as you parent your children. How amazing is that!