The Present Parent: A long time ago on an Indian Reservation far far away…I asked an old man once, what it was like to raise a child, “As parents, all we have to do is teach our children how to survive. Teach them how to find food and water, teach them about fire and shelter, and teach them to be hardworking and honest. If they can live this way, they won’t have to look hard, the Spirit will find them, and teach them the rest. You (the adult) have your own spirit, life experiences, and purpose – you should never try to put your spirit into your child – they have their own spirit, path, and purpose, and only the Creator knows what it is”.
It’s not the mother-role or the father-role specific, as to who will establish belief systems for a child; it’s whoever has the strongest passion about their own life experiences—more importantly, the discipline to teach by example. If children learn about their connectivity to all things, kindness for others, personal balance, and patience—they may be the ones to teach their parent(s) about what’s important in life. That is if their parents, have hearts and minds open enough to learn?
Brian “BB” Melendez, is a Northern / Southern Paiute – Western Shoshone: Community Leader; American Indian Spirituality Scholar; and Practitioner of Great Basin Indigenous Custom(s) and Culture(s); CEO / Problem Solver of Lucentree, LLC; Creator of Mahkwuhoo (Guided-Meditation); and Host of the Coffee with an Indian, Tribal Podcast.