We have access to instant information , sms, email and high speed IT technology. We beep at the car in front of us as soon as the light turns green. Resolutions to problems or relationships are expected instantly.
We want to see immediate results! Unfortunately, we try to live our fast paced lifestyle in what is naturally a slow paced world.

A good lesson on this subject is the story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree.
bamboo storyIt seems that this tree when planted, watered and nurtured for an entire growing season does not outwardly grow as much as an inch. Then, after the second growing season, a season in which the farmer takes extra care to water, fertilize and care for the bamboo tree, the tree still hasn’t sprouted. So it goes as the sun rises and sets for four solid years. The farmer has nothing tangible to show for all of his labor trying to grow the tree.

Then, along comes year five.

In the fifth year that Chinese bamboo tree seed finally sprouts and the bamboo tree grows up to eighty feet in just one growing season!

Did the little tree lie dormant for years only to grow exponentially in the fifth? Or was the little tree growing underground, developing root system strong enough to support its potential for outward growth in the fifth year and beyond? The answer is , of course, obvious. Had the tree not developed a strong unseen foundation it could not have sustained its life as it grew.
The same is true for our children.


Parents patiently work in teaching their children values and build strong character while overcoming adversity and challenge, grow a strong internal foundation. Had the Chinese bamboo farmer dug up his little seed every year to see if it was growing, he would have stunted the tree’s growth. We ask our little children to sit still and have patience. Much better lesson if we are demonstrating that behavior.

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  • Quotes

    “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”
    - Robert Fulghum

    “To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.”
    - Josh Billings

    “To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today”
    - Anonymous

    “If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”
    - Abigail Van Buren

    “Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.”
    -Robert A. Heinlein

    “Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”
    - Roger Lewin

    “It is one thing to show your child the way, and a harder thing to then stand out of it.”
    - Robert Brault

    “Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.”
    - Gary Smalley

    “What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give.”
    - P.D. James

    “If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I’d do more hugging and less tugging.“
    - Diane Loomans