Like a caterpillar to a butterfly a child emerges!
A child is an open book .… the way butterflies grow… so does a child. “The most wondrous thing about a child is that they can be so flighty.
Every one of them has different talents and skills, but no matter how high or low you set him on the ground he will always fly as far into life’s horizon his wings take him! Why compare? Each individual deserves to live freely without fear.
What a privilege it is to witness the transformation of a child! They go through such profound changes right before our eyes and there’s something so special about this journey. It is easy to forget that – as we get caught up in the mundane tasks of life – because watching them grow can also be demanding, with all its restrictions and limitations.
However, if we take at least some time out of our day to play with them and maybe even let them lead us, then their experience can be much more gratifying. Every moment spent in play is an opportunity for learning that even parents can benefit from.
All in all, children are incredibly special and breathtaking to watch as they develop and discover the world around them – let’s view these moments through lenses of joy and appreciation! Why not try setting aside some time for meaningful exploration each day?
From tinkering around like little scientists to telling tall tales as imaginative storytellers, childhood has a way of bringing out the best in us all. That’s something worth investing time into – why don’t you give it a go today?
The children I see grow their wings when they are allowed to be free and explore the world. They do this through unstructured play time, or going on short adventures outside of school in between classes; these activities help them become more independent people with an understanding that life isn’t always structured but it can still have goals set up for you so there’s something worth fighting towards at all times!
Children are like butterflies. First they start out as a little caterpillar where the world is new to them.As they grow up, they start to grow wings so they can fly. And by fly I mean being independent, smart creatures who learn and discover the world on their own.
Have you ever wondered how a butterfly becomes an independent, smart creature? Well I’m here to tell ya! When chidlren are still in their infancy they’re like little caterpillars; it’s been this way since birth which means there isn’t much growth or change left for us yet. We’ll learn more about ourselves as we grow older but first things first: let’s get those wings out of sight before someone sees what mischief has cooked up under our clothes (no really)!
I recently read an interesting article in “Psychology Today” I think you’ll find it fascinating!
The Baby and the Butterfly
“ Babies enter into the world utterly dependent on their caregivers. Long days, sleepless nights, and year upon year of loving, playing, feeding, bathing, changing, soothing, teaching, re-teaching, and abundant nurturing are spent by parents, as we help our children meet their daily needs and overcome life’s new challenges. The art of good parenting comes in knowing when to help our children grow strong by letting them struggle on their own.
The story of The Man and the Butterfly demonstrates the importance of helping wisely:
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.
One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole.
Then it seemed to stop making any progress.
It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther.
So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.
The butterfly then emerged easily.
But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened!
In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.
The man is driven by his compassion for the butterfly’s struggle and by his desire to make things easier for the emerging creature. But struggling through its restricting cocoon is the butterfly’s only way of forcing fluid from its body into its wings and it is only after this process is complete that a butterfly’s wings are prepared for flight. In his well-intentioned haste, the man bypassed one of nature’s most efficient and necessary processes, crippling the very life he meant to aid.
How do you feel when you watch your little one face struggles? It is so instinctual for parents to want to rush in and help (and certainly any health and safety-related situations call for immediate intervention) but how do you fight the urge to solve the kinds of challenges that are necessary for your child’s healthy emotional growth?
Sometimes struggles are exactly what our children need in order to grow strong and fly with their own competent wings. A childhood without challenges soothes our parenting minds but stunts our children’s ability to cope, persist, and persevere.”
Signe Whitson, LSW is a licensed social worker, school counselor, and author of 4 books, including 8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents and Schools and How to Be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids and Tweens. For additional information and workshop inquiries, please visit www.signewhitson.com
Just like every butterfly is different having different colors & shades, so are children. Each one is special and unique. Every child is talented and every child is gifted with so many strengths!
All in all, children are incredibly special and breathtaking to watch as they develop into their own people – just like butterflies! The transformation from their infancy through birth, to preschool and elementary school, and beyond, is one of the most awe-inspiring journeys anyone can take. The main forces that drive this journey are love, security and freedom.
As parents, it is our responsibility to ensure these elements are present in our child’s life in order for them to eventually spread their wings and fly. So let’s give our children the perfect conditions they need so that they can spread their wings wide open and freely explore this world until they reach their full potential – just like a beautiful butterfly!
It’s amazing how fast children grow and change right before our eyes. Watching a child’s journey is an incredible experience, bubbling with joy and surprise around every corner. We can truly appreciate the magic of the butterfly effect in their lives as they evoke wonder from within us all. As parents, it’s important to encourage our kids to foster a spirit of creativity and exploration – this will help them discover themselves as people for years to come. Just let their curious minds take off wings and soar! Now, it’s up to us as adults to appreciate each moment we get with them and really relish in the beauty of watching them reach for the stars.
take that metaphorical picture and lock
these memories away in your heart forever!
Are you up for the challenge? Are two butterflies alike?
Then how can children Be?
Yes, here I am comparing children to butterflies.