My heart breaks for children, almost daily. Many don’t understand the nuances of life and they look to us adults to guide them.
Children of divorce, who’ve lost loved ones, who feel shame because they’re last in class, those being bullied or shouted at by stressed parents just for existing.
They try to make sense of things with limited experiences.
And I get it, it’s these experiences that teach them the most valuable lessons. I guess I’m more of a ‘carrot’ v ‘stick’ person.
When children are young and untainted by life, they’re the most amazing specimens on earth! They laugh & love unconditionally, see wonder in everything and are superior examples of the human being.
It’s the bruises and hurts that take this away from them, not wanting to be different from others, withdrawing their love from people, waiting for disappointment that has happened so many times before.
Little things slowly break children down as they grow. That little friend they love with all their heart that says ‘I don’t want to play with you today’. Someone telling them they are ‘a naughty child’. Whatever it is that slowly breaks children, I want to rebuild them.
I want to at least try! How could I not?!
Kids are all that matters. We should protect them. Not just physically from traffic and dark alleys. We should protect their hearts. Keep them safe. Loved.
We created Pheletant the Elephant to do just that. We’ve seen it work too. Thankfully. I see the trajectory of their lives change the instant they’re given their all-the-time friend; there to help them, a backup, to pick up the pieces of the day. When I think about it I smile, and sometimes cry.
Building children… that’s what I was meant to do with my life…
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