Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Every Child is Unique - From Left to Write
This post was inspired by the memoir Raising My Rainbow by Lori Duron as she shares her journey raising a gender creative son. Join From Left to Write on September 5 as we discuss Raising My Rainbow. As a member on the online book club, From Left to Write, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.
If you have brothers and sisters, or you have more than one child you understand my title, Every Child is Unique.
There has long been the discussion of Nature vs. Nurture. Are children more affected by genetic inheritance of traits and characteristics and is that why they grow up the way they do, or can you change a child's traits, characteristics and path in life through the way you nurture that child?
A question as complex, compelling and unanswerable as "what came first, the chicken or the egg?"
My 27 year old son that has not seen his father since he was age 7, yet he displays so many of his father's mannerisms and has so many of his same interests, especially in the music he likes. Nature right?
This same son also has a heart filled with love for his family. His father obviously lacked that. Did my son grow up family oriented because of the way I raised him and because he grew up surrounded by family? Nurture right?
Maybe it's both, nurture and nature, hand in hand. All I know is each child is unique and should be loved and protected and nurtured and praised for the individual he/she is. No labels, no expectations, just a helping hand to keep them safe and make sure they are successful, happy, well-adjusted adults.