Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Nursery School Blues Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Nursery School Blues Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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My daughter called from 8,000 miles away recently, to tell me the distress she felt at sending her three-year-old daughter Katherine off to nursery school. It was time for me to tell her how I had felt when she went to school, and how God had taken charge of both our lives.

Dearest Sarah,

I smiled when you told me your tale of woe the other day - not because I was unsympathetic, but because I knew exactly how you were feeling. I'd been there, done that, many years ago! Remember? I know how precious those preschool days are, when there's so much more time to be together, cleaning, baking, shopping, and especially talking! Then, before you can say "chocolate chip cookies," those days have vanished, and you're both having to learn to say "nursery school." You shudder at how swiftly she will get caught up in a zillion things away from home. Remember that quotation on the wall of my study? "There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children - one is roots, the other, wings." You have established some pretty firm roots, I know; now it's time to let Katherine grow wings. The process begins in your thought, with a fuller realization of Katherine's spiritual identity. As God's child, she is already securely rooted in His perfection. She is God's spiritual reflection, and, as you once learned in Sunday School, that means that she is always safe, forever innocent. It is time for her to go forward freely, fearlessly, and expectantly. Children will never learn to depend on God, their true Parent, if we allow them, even encourage them, to remain dependent on us. Nor will they discover their own precious individuality, launch out with creative ideas of their own, dream soaring dreams, demonstrate their God-given abilities. Think of it as an extension of playpen time, when children are blessed by finding out that they can move around and enjoy their own company. …

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