Body, Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence
Are our offspring similar to pets or animals in the wild?
Do they “spring out” and just imitate our movements
like animals do? The “no” answer to these questions
seem obvious, yet we do not really know what sets us
We treat children like little versions of ourselves. Most
times we treat them like little empty vessels that need
to be filled up with information, especially in terms of
What if we were to consider that there are forces
invisible to us, that are alive in children? Life-forces that
stimulate growth exist in all living things. These forces
stimulate animal and plant growth. However, humans
are more than that, they consist of body, soul and spirit.
Therefore, there must be soul-forces and spirit-forces
that stimulate the mental and the spiritual aspects of
a human being. We are witness to the effects of these
forces, even though we cannot see and touch them.
Honouring and nurturing these may mean that we start
recognising that these forces are alive in every child,
and that they carry some knowing, which is beyond
our own cognition. We know these forces stimulate
creative abilities like talking, thinking; music, art and
interpersonal skills, and self-confidence and emotional
intelligence in humans. This therefore means that a
child comes into this world with some inner-knowing.
Perhaps our task, as parents and guardians, is to first
acknowledge these forces exist within us, too, and then
holistically guide and support this child being in a way
that stimulates their growth to not merely
exist, but THRIVE!
By Thozi Theko-Oum.
A Chance for Every Child