Our Family's Journey to Peaceful Parenting and Unschooling.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Thoughts on Dignity
we were walking out of the grocery store, Bug (2y) and I hand-in-hand.
He doesn't walk very quickly, and so we slowly made our way out the
doors and through the parking lot to the car. Then he slowly, painfully
slowly for me to watch, struggled and climbed his way into his car seat,
which still rear faces.
Through all this I was noticing the people waiting patiently behind us and the cars
waiting patiently for us to cross the street, (I assume patiently, they
didn't complain at least.) and it reminded me of the patience people
show the elderly.
My great grandmother is in her 80's, health
on the decline, struggles and gets around slowly. Although she could get
around easier or more quickly at times with help from others, should
would rather do things for herself. There is a sense of dignity from
doing things for yourself.
I think often when we get caught up
in the hustle and bustle of life, and we just want to get things done or
get going, so we sweep our kids up instead of letting them walk
themselves, or we pick them up to wrestle them into their car seats
instead of letting them climb in themselves, we are robbing them of the
dignity of doing things for themselves. No wonder they get upset.