Several days ago off the coast of Italy, over 4000 passengers boarded a cruise ship fully believing that their safety would be the captain’s number one concern. I am confident that they all trusted that the captain and crew were competent, well educated, and committed to excellence. Those passengers would not have boarded the ship unless they felt certain that the captain and crew could lead them to safety should the ship encounter danger. As we know, the news tells a very different story. Although the full account of the tragedy has not yet unfolded, it appears that that the passengers’ trust might have been misplaced.
I thought about how our children come into this world and depend on the adults in their lives to be their captains until they can take the helm of their own ships. Children cannot survive without loving, informed, and committed adults. They arrive fully trusting that we will provide everything they need and that they can sit back, relax, and enjoy a wonderful childhood.
That tiny son can thrive as an infant because we attend to his cries knowing that crying is his way of communicating. He begins to express independence as a toddler, and his preschool years are an amazing time of discovery. One day we are listening to him “read” a picture book…and the next thing we know, he’s waving at us as he drives off alone for the first time. Prom arrives as does the long good-bye when he leaves for college. And in the blink of an eye, we see what a great captain he has become for his own children.
With a great captain, your child will thrive. Without a great captain, he is in grave danger. Trust is a beautiful thing. Be a great captain.
Written by Donna McClintock, COO with Children’s Choice Learning Centers, Inc.