Just like Rainier, we have all been at a place in our lives where we had to make a decision on what we want to do with our lives. But, unlike Rainier, we don’t have to wait until we are unhappy at home to find our true calling. This is especially true with children. We can help foster the future leaders and farmers, bankers and humanitarians, computer programmers and musicians today.

Children grow up, physically and mentally, well into their twenties but they don’t have to be swept into their adult life without guidance and support. One of the most important things we can do for our children is to continually embrace their curiosities. While it can be difficult for us to take a step back from our children, meaning we don’t push them towards any one thing, we should focus on letting our children show us where their interests lie. 

One way we can do this is to teach our kids a wide variety of skills, information, and knowledge. Children grow mentally by having a wide variety of experiences. So we can work with our children and take them to museums, allow them to play sports, introduce them to music and dance, share other cultures with them, and more. By learning more about others and themselves, our children grow into and know their own strengths and their own weaknesses. What we must remember is every child is unique; no two grow up exactly the same, even twins! Just like Rainier, who went through many different experiences with Mr. Gray and Aunt Patty, let’s be an avenue and allow our own children to enjoy different experiences.

When we begin recognizing each child’s unique strengths we can then begin nurturing those strengths. Even as we start to allow our kids to grow into their strengths, we must still consider bringing them newer experiences. Kids are humans too; they learn and grow in phases. Just like someone who loses interest in their hobbies, kids can lose interest in their hobbies, as well. This is why we must always let our children grow by giving them support and experiences. 

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