Child Development - Seven Stages on the Way to Freedom
The first stage of self-liberation is birth. A child liberates himself from his mother's womb, from darkness into light, into millions of new sensations, with a cry of pain, or is it happiness? He is free now! But no, it is not freedom yet. With birth a child loses the security of his mother's body. He is very vulnerable.
The next stage is when a child starts walking. Our little toddler wants to be independent. He takes his first steps and, oh no, he falls. Again, freedom comes with pain. It hurts! However, desire to expand his living space is bigger than pain. He tries again, and again. And he learns walking. I can do it! Oh, joy of liberation! Now he himself can choose which direction to take: to the right to bump into his mom's belly, or to the left to grab his dad's leg, or to sit down and play with a toy.
In the third stage of self-liberation a child is stepping out of the home into the yard. With this stage a period of half freedom and half supervision begins. More and more time of the day a child is all by himself, how exciting! I am big already! There are lots of new things to play with, new fun to have. But there are also scary things, unknown, possibly dangerous things. Mother is a protector. In the beginning she is nearby. But she goes back into the house leaving him alone.
The fourth stage. A child enters school. Now parenting supervision and protection is almost nil. New people: teachers, peers, and bullies... The more a child accumulated those inner ties with his mother, the more he feels ready for this new life. If, instead, he comes home and hears a severe "What did you do now?" or he meets an indifferent look, then his desire to develop weakens.
The next stage is the exit from childhood. Adolescence. "Strength of character, formerly asleep, is released with new unclear tormenting desires." Girls, boys, parties, dating, kisses, and sex... There is almost no external parental supervision. New freedoms come with new responsibilities, with their severe punishment for wrong choices.
In the sixth stage children graduate from school and go into the world. New friends, a job, coworkers, bosses, marriage, kids, house, pets, and a yard... It's full freedom, and no parental supervision, for most people. And it is a full responsibility, responsibility to make one's own choices, good or bad, and live one's own life. If by this time there is a sense of inner security in a man, then he continues to develop to his fullest potential.
source: Ezine Articles
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