We have schools in our communities for one reason: to educate and raise our children together. Regardless of our position in the community, the color of our skin, our religious or political beliefs or our age, we are all involved in creating an overall sense of safety, possibility and peace for our children and for each other.
Maybe it’s time to bring back the village — the idea of looking out for other people’s children as if they are our own; the idea that honest feedback from schools, especially when our kids make mistakes, is not only a good thing but a vitally important part of rearing vibrant, resilient, upstanding children capable of entering the adult world with verve.
We are raising our children together. So, let’s be good to and honest with each other in the process. It’s one thing to celebrate our children’s successes. It is quite another to speak — and hear — the truth with dignity when it’s difficult, and to stand up and brace each other when times are tough.
Mother Teresa said it best: “If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” Let’s bring back the village. Let’s celebrate and steady each other for the +Year ahead.