Part of my daughter Jade’s home schooling curriculum is to socialize with kids her age. Though socializing is never really an issue with my daughter, but the finding of friends her age who will be available to socialize with during her allotted time, where most kids are at school, is a bit of a dilemma. However, whenever we visit parks, play grounds, shopping malls, or nearby stores even on unusual hours, my daughter never faces any trouble of meeting a new friend! Problem solved 🙂 !
Even during her younger age, her dad and I encouraged her to acquaint herself as well with non-Filipino kids which she painstakingly obliged. It is also more of a ‘no choice menu’ for her living out of the Philippines most of her life, and her dad being on a non-Filipino category; but we are glad that she enjoys expanding her circle of friends. You could imagine our challenge of defining to her the application of the ‘never talk to strangers’ policy! Well, we tried our best to be clear on that subject.
One challenging task is to also educate Jade on what matters and what are relevant to other children, who have different cultural background and beliefs as she has. Making her understand that what is important to her is not necessarily the same level of importance to others. Like learning to respect their religious practices, their difference on food choices, topics or toys preferences, and the list goes on. We can’t avoid the occasional mishaps as she ‘collaborates’, after all, children are different individuals with unique ideas and variations on favourites. Sometimes, there are things that make them unhappy and ideas tend to clash. But such misunderstanding easily expires and before you know it, they are back to playing as if nothing happens.. the beauty of innocence 🙂 . We, adults should sometimes learn from our kids especially from their easily-forgiving nature.
Well, we parents can give as much impartation as we can but we too, are limited in all capacity. So there are things that we should allow them to learn and experience on their own. Part of our job is to prepare them for what comes ahead. I quote from one of the books I read, “Being a perfect parent doesn’t matter, but being a praying parent does”! I resonate that.
For now, may Jade enjoys her youth and continue to appreciate the simple things in life!