|Re: Senior's needs? (was Achieving age diversity)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Tree Bressen (treeic.org)|
|Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 18:05:50 -0800 (PST)|
Here's the thing. Putting my son first and foremost did not mean that I didn'tteach him how to live in harmony with others. Believe it or not, we had candlelit civilized dinners every night. And, you know what, we almost NEVER were alone, because his friends practically clawed their way into invitations to participate in our gentle rituals.
Is it possible that kids don't really want to run wild and trample on the rights and needs of others? That is my humble experience, and I wonder if it has been explored in co-housing communities, or whether the ideal of "freedom" has pre-empted exploration into what children really need. It sure isn't the constrictive milieu of the 50's, but I wonder if there isn't something more nurtuing we can offer children that involves empathy, sensitivity, and responsiveness to beauty, ritual, and sensitivity. There are times to shedrestictions and simply explore the riches of the universe with abandon, but arecommunity meals one of those experiences?
I would love to hear more. What did you do specifically (in addition to candlelight) to create dinner as a beautiful, gentle ritual?
Thanks, --Tree ----------------------------------------------- Tree Bressen 1680 Walnut St. Eugene, OR 97403 (541) 484-1156 tree [at] ic.org http://www.treegroup.info
- Re: Senior's needs? (was Achieving age diversity), (continued)
- Re: Senior's needs? (was Achieving age diversity) Lia Olson, November 11 2006
- Re: Senior's needs? (was Achieving age diversity) Tree Bressen, November 29 2006
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