LIFE IS LEARNING
For many of us, June is a month of endings and beginnings, perhaps because this is when the school year usually ends. But prior to European-American contact, the Dee-ni’ way was to learn through life experiences. Your Auntie taught you how to make baskets and preserve food. Your Uncle taught you how to make a drum and to hunt and fish. Learning was a natural process that happened 24/7, all year long. This summer, let’s take time for the children around us, to share the important life-affirming skills we have learned. Now that can include skills like gardening, home repair, car repair, and how to balance a checkbook. Share relationship skills, such as listening, kindness, helping when you can, and showing respect. Children will learn from you, even when you are not aware you are teaching. Will they learn things that help them in life, or make life more difficult?
Submitted by Judith Burke, Advocate/Social Worker, CFS