Raising Children With Roots, Rights, &
Parent Education Handout #2c
Reaching Our Fullest Potential Through Understanding
and Integrating Aspects of the Human Experience
Aspects of the Human Experience (Stem of the
* Life Cycle: A persons stage of development
affects his or her unique view of life. For
example, a six month old baby, a three-year-old,
a sixteen-year-old, a seventy-two-year-old all
approach life in a different way. Keeping this
in mind helps us understand others.
* Sense of Time and Space: Where and when we
live in the world affects our viewpoint. For
example, life in the first decade of the 21st
Century is different than it was in 1965 or
in 1922 or will be in 2039. Life in each different
time gives the person living there a unique
view, just as life in different countries and
at different socioeconomic levels gives a variety
* Role or Purpose in Life: Our role in life
affects our viewpoint. Childrens role
in their family, class, and the larger society
affects their approach to the world.
Additional Aspects (Petals
of the Daisy)
1. Connection with nature and the environment
(the ability to commune with the earth);
2. Connection with higher power/spirituality
(sense of values);
3. Communicative expression (use of symbols);
4. Aesthetic response (appreciation, learning
and experiencing the arts, music, nature);
5. Creative expression (the act and process
of creation, tapping into the internal wellspring);
6. Physical nature (experiences that enhance
physiological well-being like overcoming physical
7. Emotional nature (being in tune with your
feelings, increasing heart capacity);
8. Use of intellect (memory, cognition, reasoning
9. Sense of belonging in groups, family, or
institutions (fellowship in family, religious
organizations, and the like).
Why the Daisy?
* Daisies are one of the most common flowers
grown in our country. We see them everywhere.
Because they are so common, we often overlook
the daisys beauty and significance.
* Daisies are symbolic of people. Like people,
each daisy is unique. No two are created exactly
alike, even through at first glance they may
seem the same. Each daisy is different, yet
each shares commonality with all other daisies.
Daisies come in many varieties and sizes, just
like people do.
* Daisies are symbolic of daily life. The everyday
experiences that include simple joys and simple
pleasures provide the most vital and profound
experiences of life. So often we are in search
of the rose experience that we overlook
the daisies within our reach. In other words,
we desire peak experiences and forget
the value and beauty of daily life.
* Daisies are like children. They are brought
into the world by a tiny seed, yet need water
and sunshine to grow. We, as parents, are the
water and sunshine for our children. Without
our nurturing, a childs spirit for life
and learning will be weak. In the first five
years of our childs life, we need to give
them the greatest foundation of growth, so they
will be prepared for the years to come.