I am very excited about sharing my new website, a new beginning for me to engage with others in a different way. Starting anew makes me think of something fresh and hopeful. Each New Year is often celebrated with a party, saying goodbye to the old year and to bring in the new one. Who does not get excited to see and hold a new baby? I love the fresh smell of the new-born baby with a body that just needs to be held. A new-born person full of hope waiting to unfold and grow. The new-born baby also brings an end to a pregnancy and ‘child free’ couple or parent. In all new beginnings there is also a letting go of the old.
In starting this blog, I am learning about new ways to communicate with others. I hope to reflect on my experiences and observations of life as a parent relating to other parents just trying to do our best. What do I need to let go of? I don’t have all the answers and don’t know everything, even if I do know quite a bit about early child development and relationships. To be honest, I am still learning many new aspects about early child development. Let us learn from our children who are essentially open to learning and willing to try out something new, even if it means making a mistake. This is how we learn about the ‘new’.
I enjoy watching little children learn about new aspects of life; they explore, feel, enjoy and play until they have understood the ‘new’ and can let it go for something else. Children are motivated to keep on learning about new aspects of life and many times do so without fear of making a mistake, adapting and playing in different ways. I guess this is why we often say that children learn like 'sponges’, soaking up the new aspects, such as words, interactions, games, stories, etc. I am always grateful for the adaptable nature of most children, as it allows me to be able to make a mistake and say sorry, then we can both let go of the old and move on to other interactions and games. At what point do we get stuck as adults, and stop learning? Is it at the point when we assume that that we know and don’t need to learn about the new?
I am excited about this new blog, a new adventure and a new way to learn to communicate my interest in little children, parental support and early intervention. I am learning a new way to communicate and so expect to make mistakes, but like a child I will hopefully grow through this. I hope that you can enjoy my reflections and experiences expressed through this blog. Feedback is welcome.