Childhood experiences lay the foundations for how we function and how we respond to the world around us in adulthood. Ideally, it’s a time to be nurtured, to let curiosity flourish, to have the freedom to experiment with our social and natural environment safely, learning and building knowledge from experiences. Language, the subtleties of skilful communication, social rules, co-operation within relationships are all required to function as part of a wider community. Childhood is an apprenticeship to adult life. The tricky part is in retaining the important qualities of the self which make you who you are as an individual.
Childhood can be manipulated, abused, sold, stolen, traumatised and ruined by just one adult.
Childhood should be are filled with playfulness, curiosity, choice and natural consequences. These experiences are the catalyst to learning important lessons without the child even realising they are learning.