"The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults." - Peter de Vries
I was having an online chat with my friend Juliette today, she always inspires me - she home-schools her son, runs an inspirational book store and is soon to go to America to do a workshop based upon 'Nurturing Spirituality in Children', with author of said book, Peggy Joy Jenkins.
She is so excited about this her words danced off the screen and did a little jig around my lounge room!
I confessed to Juliette that I was struggling to nurture the spirituality in Monte, though I desperately wish I could.
By that I mean I want to nurture what is natural and authentic about him before modern and pop culture influence him to such a degree that he starts to lose sight of the very soul that he is.
Even though I am passionate about this subject, I still put him in front of the TV so I can write.
The last couple of days have been challenging to say the least. I'm not sure whether it's because Monte has entered a new phase of independence or if I am just losing the plot or a combination of the two but suffice it to say mayhem has a new address.
Every new phase Monte enters, I enter one as well.
Traditionally, you think of raising the child as the parent teaching all they know to this innocent little being, and it is the parent that is all wise and knowing- but it is the opposite, my God it is the opposite.
I am the student and Monte is the teacher.
In the last couple of days Monte has really been focusing on areas I need to develop: Patience and presence of mind.
To teach me these tough lessons he has come up with some really creative techniques...