“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead to where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
This quote struck a chord with me. I think it really defines what my husband and I want for our boys. At this age we want them to remain the curious beings that they are and allow them the freedom to experience as much as possible. As they get older, this might mean that they go against the grain and investigate ways to develop their own identity. Teach them to think outside the box. Allow them to explore their own ideas and make their own unique mark on the world.
So what do we do to encourage this independent thinking? We nurture the whole child. Provide them with exposure to a wide variety of people and places. Encourage their questions. We make any trip to the park, zoo, or even the grocery store an adventure and open their eyes to something different every time. I like to expose my kids to different types of music, art, and texts. We foster their emotional side with love and hugs, teaching them how to communicate effectively to meet their needs. We encourage their independence and free thinking.
Bryce and I hope that by raising Parker and Brandon to know that they have options and what those options are, they will be happy and productive who feel confident enough to pursue their hearts’ desire, even if it’s a lemonade stand when they are young.