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Building Self Awareness: Valuing Ourselves and Our Roles as Models in Children’s Lives

by Janet Humphryes and Stone Wolfsong
July/August 2008
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Think about the most recent day you spent with the children in your setting. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being a GREAT day, how would you rate it? Now think back to when you walked into that environment that day. On the same scale, how would you rate your well-being? Are the two ratings similar?

What we bring into the environments we work in sets the tone in a most powerful way.

The outer world is like a mirror reflecting back whatever you give from within.
Give love, and the world loves you back.
Give peace, and the world becomes more peaceful.
Give light, and the world will be a little brighter.
— Unknown

Did you bring love, peace, and light into your environment that day? Perhaps these qualities are missing in your life, which makes it then nearly impossible to bring them into the lives of others. The messages you hear working in the field of early childhood are not always messages of love, peace, and light — from society, from stressed parents or administrators, from disconnected children, and too often from our own selves. These messages weigh us down, burden us, strip us of the joy life has ...

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