From Dr. Jane's Notebook

Watching Children Grow

Some people love to tend their gardens. Others have a knack for decorating or building things. Some are good at the stock market. My thing is watching children grow. All around us, people are evolving from young helpless beings into strong, personable and talented individuals. It happens right before our eyes, and it clearly constitutes a miracle in my book. When we pay attention to children, we can actually watch them grow!

As parents, relatives and friends, there is much we can do to facilitate the growth of young people. Here are a few thoughts on the matter.

As children grow, they begin one by one to leave the nest. No more babysitters... they make their own plans for the weekend and we are left watching them go and waiting for them to return. Recently, my daughter was out of town, and my husband and I spent a weekend travelling with our son. If you really want to watch kids grow, spend individual time with them. Like flowers blooming in the sunlight, they thrive on individual attention and blossum before your eyes. When you help kids grow in healthy ways, you contribute greatly to this world of ours.

ęCopyright, 1995, Jane R. Rosen-Grandon. All rights reserved.

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Last Updated October 18, 1998 by Gary M. Grandon, Ph.D.