Childhood is a time for learning about the essentials. About goodness, beauty and truth.
Childhood is a time to be loved and to love, to express fear and learn to trust, to be allowed to be serious and calm and to celebrate with laughter and joy.
Children have a right to dream and they need time to grow at their own pace. They have the right to make mistakes and the right to be forgiven.
Children need to develop
self-mastery, to transform
themselves and bring forth their highest capacities.
Children have a right to be spared violence and hunger, to have a home and protection.
They need help to grow healthy, with good habits and sound nutrition.
Children need people to respect, adults whose example and loving authority they follow. They need a range of experiences; tenderness and kindness, boldness and courage and even mischief and misbehaviour.
Children need time for receiving and giving, for belonging and participating. They need to be part of a community and they need to be individuals. They need privacy and sociability. They need time to rest and time to play, time to do nothing and time to work.
They need moments for devotion and room for curiosity. They need protective boundaries
and freedom for creativity.
They need to be introduced to a life of principles and given freedom to discover their own.
They need a relationship to
the earth, to animals and nature and they need to unfold as human beings within the community.
The spirit of childhood is to be protected and nurtured. It is an essential part of every