Have you seen this video? It is a time-lapsed sequence of daily photos taken of Ian McLeod by his dad and edited into a video to music. It’s a strong reminder of just how quickly time goes by and as parents, we are responsible for the well-being of our children. Your child is your most treasured and important responsibility.
From Yahoo “Shine”: The video sequence opens gradually—frame after frame captures a tiny baby from the first day he entered the world at Harrogate General Hospital in Yorkshire, England. Then it races forward and literally becomes a life flashing before our eyes through pictures that Ian McCleod took of his son, Cory, essentially every day of his 21 years. He compiled the more than 7,500 images into a six-minute time-lapse sequence he posted on YouTube in late September. Cory’s life, from birth to becoming a young man, has now been witnessed by more than 800,000 people around the world, and received 300,000 hits on one day alone in Japan.
We focus on what’s wrong with the ‘system’ here at the blog, but we know that every day teachers and staff are working behind the scenes—ensuring that learning happens. Parents and PTAs are doing everything in their power to create normalcy and promote success and happiness in our schools. We applaud every single one of you and remind you that you are the key to righting this ship as you push past the top level dysfunction and make sure things are working at the schoolhouse level. Our schools belong to us and by supporting them at every turn we ensure their ability to do the job at hand—educate our children.
Do right by your kids. Be involved in their education and daily life. If you can support your child’s teacher and classroom in any way, do so. Spend as much time as you can with your children at home – you are their first and most powerful teacher. Read to them. Take them places. Explain the simple things in life. Teach them about the world around them. Help them build a healthy spiritual life – faith is a gift like no other. Dig into their daily lives – even if it means setting aside some of your own responsibilities. There is really nothing more important – or more rewarding than raising a child and watching them grow into a healthy, productive, self-reliant individual who confidently, but humbly walks in the world.