I’m not sure where I learned about unschooler Scott Noelle’s Daily Groove email newsletter, but I subscribed and have enjoyed the messages that come into my inbox Monday through Friday. The messages are designed to, “help you leave behind the daily grind, to find and stay â€œin your grooveâ€â€” focused on thoughts that enhance the joy of parenting!”
I appreciated Thursday’s Daily Groove so much that I wrote to Scott to ask if I could reprint it here. I am grateful that he agreed. Here is the post that inspired me to write and get his permission to reprint it.
THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle
:: The Wild Child ::
Domesticated animals confined to farms, zoos, and
similar unnatural habitats lack a certain “spark”
found in their wild counterparts. They’ve been bred or
trained to live apart from their nature. They’ve
adjusted to their lack of freedom.
Put a wild animal in a cage for the first time and
behold the fury! What else would you expect from a
creature who still knows it’s supposed to be free?
Children are born free and wild, and they don’t
readily submit to “domestication.” And thank Goodness
for that! Because those who retain that spark are the
ones who will uplift humanity in generations to come.
Today, look for evidence of the spark of wildness in
your child… and *celebrate* it! Trust that s/he will
civilize in due time. And meantime, let that spark
ignite the flames of an authentic, passionate life.
Copyright (c) 2007 by Scott Noelle. Used with permission.
Scott also sent along a link to his interview, Radical Parenting: An Interview with Dayna Martin the woman who appeared on Dr. Phil last year.