It Takes an Esteemed Elder

You can choose: does it take a village (Clinton) or a family (Santorum) to raise a child and strengthen our social fabric? I will not weigh in on matters of politics, just parenting.


You are free to choose: does it take a village (Clinton) or does it take a family (Santorum) to raise a child and strengthen our social fabric?  I will not weigh in on matters of politics, just parenting.  At Evergreen we say… it takes Esteemed Elders.

What is an esteemed elder?  Any mature person who plays a role in your child’s development qualifies. Relatives, neighbors, family friends and neighbors—they come in all shapes and sizes-- and give so much love.

Take a moment to recall the special people from your childhood—was it an aunt or uncle, grandparent or friend? Did they teach you to fish or knit? Ride a bike or bake a cake?  (Add a comment and tell your story.)  You can probably see their face in your mind’s eye and recall the scent of their kitchen, their workshop or their cologne.

You wouldn’t be who you are without their unconditional love.  Would you?

Later this month, an esteemed elder in Evergreen students' lives are invited to join us for a special morning of celebration and togetherness.  Each child will have one or two special friends to spend time here—learning, creating and sharing special moments. Cheers to our esteemed elders!

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John DeMarchi March 09, 2012 at 08:40 PM
We did not have Grandparents' Day or Esteemed Elders' Day when I went to school. I wish we did...


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