Whenever one is moving from one place to another or graduating from one stage of life to another, there is the worry that the new environment might be a tad too harsh. There is usually a fear that the grass on the other end might not be as green or that it may actually turn out to be some weed of sorts and not exactly grass. This is why many people opt for the good old slogan “No Change” which can mean anything from “I Fear Change” to “I hate Change”. Over the time that the human race has existed, several things seem to have changed but the one thing that looks to have remained constant is “change”. It is always dealing us blows when we least expect them and urging us to get out of our comfort zones to go out and become better and more accomplished humans.
If by any chance the person reading this was lucky enough to attend school, you will agree with me that the first day at school presents different challenges for different people. While some people look back at that day with excitement, joy and nostalgia, some others look back with a sense of dislike and they keep hoping somehow that day can be erased from their memories. This, in my opinion is down to how we perceive or appreciate change. And the only place where response to change can be instilled and propagate is during childhood.
While some children are brought up to embrace and welcome change, others are simply brought up to fight and rebel against any aspects of change. As parents, there is the unconscious and almost unintentional misdirection that we force our children to be a part of; making them detest and stay away from change. We feed them with the same things, dress them with the same clothes, tell them the same stories and basically force them to live lives of routine. If several years later such a child is not comfortable with change, the person to blame is definitely either of the parents; depending on who spends more time with the little chap. It goes without saying therefore that for us to initiate positive response to change, we ought to sow the seeds of responsiveness in our children early on in their lives.
That said, experts at childcare will insist that it is not healthy to keep subjecting children to different environments because you can never know what effect each of these environments will have on the fella. I say, go on – flood your children with as many aspects of change as possible. Let them have the opportunity to experience as many aspects of life as possible. Let them go out there and feel the cold, the heat, the warmth, the fire, the snow, the gentility of the world, the harshness of the world; let them experience life! Children whose parents prepare them for change are better equipped to face the challenges the world throws at them as compared to those who are brought up in comfort zones. There is no guarantee that the comfort zones will continue to exist because after all, every second that passes, things change drastically. It should be every parent’s responsibility therefore to encourage their child(ren) to experience as many aspects of change as possible.
Children who experience different aspects of change tend to have better decision making when they mature and they often have the word “experience” embedded in their flesh and blood. Without a doubt, such children are more likely to be leaders and trend setters because they will have gone through a whole load of situations from which they can draw examples and solutions to problems surrounding them. Even if they will have not experienced certain situations, they can very easily allow their thinking to morph and think up solutions quickly since their adaptability to change is well nurtured.
So what are you waiting for…take your child out to experience life and live it to its fullest!
“Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art rather than a science. ” – Bruno Bettelheim
The talkative Rocker