More than ever, we are drawn to realize that responsible children capable of growing into competent, yet humble, adults make up the bedrock of any culture.
But exactly how do we help our children learn and exercise not only responsibility, but the capacity to work and relate easily with others? How do they learn to balance self-assurance with authentic humility and manage friendliness with caution? How do they learn to manage or avoid those who might cause them harm in some way? How do we teach our children to handle life confidently and safely without being burdened by fear?
The wisdom within Native American parenting practices recognizes the importance of teaching children positive, real-life lessons early on. According to our guest on this program, Laura Ramirez, Native American children are taught by custom the importance of having vision instead of fear as it applies to their purpose, their role with others and their oneness with the environment. These children are also taught, when very young, that understanding their nature plays an important role in their growth and development.
Laura will share with us insights and principals for being “keepers” of our children as they raise them to become safe and quietly confident young people. And, no surprise, they are deeply rooted in time-tested Native American practices.
Laura is a child advocate, author and workshop leader. Her book, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting, has won four awards, including the Gold Nautilus Award for books promoting conscious living and social change. Laura’s husband, Larry, is a Native American, of the Pascua Yaqui tribe. The couple have two sons and live in the sage-dotted foothills of northern Nevada. (28:07)
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