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CHILDREN: It’s good to be raised by a village

Letter by Emily J. Stewart, Gig Harbor on May 7, 2010 at 12:45 pm | 40 Comments »
May 10, 2010 9:36 am

Re” “From a mother’s perspective, it still takes a village” (TNT, 5-6).

I love my mother. And I’ll bet that you love yours, too.

In her article, Celia Jackson discussed raising children and how it takes more than just two people. There is an African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

I couldn’t agree more. I haven’t had kids yet, but I have grown up with many adults whom I have known my entire life. I have been raised a churchgoer, which has amounted to the influence of many different people on my upbringing. There are people who have known me since I was born who babysat me, tutored me and overall helped me grow. I know that I would be a completely different person without this interaction with people besides my parents.

These experiences have left a positive imprint on my character for good, and I know that when I raise my children it will be with the help of my community. This is how it should be done.

We live in a world where people are growing farther and farther apart with the growth of technology, and this limits a child’s ability to learn and grow from other people. It is crucial that we find ways to interact with each other in order to make the most of everything around us.

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