Community! Gatherings have really helped Reka and Lalika to strengthen friendships and also getting involved with the local communities where we are, that’s a big thing. That’s really helped. They’ve really developed a close friendships where we’ve stayed longer. And just recently, back in Sydney,
I grew up in Sydney, and I have always shared with the children the stories of when I was young, and community service was always a big thing in my mind. One of the really great ways that we enjoyed that living next to the beach, growing up on Bondi Beach, was being a member of the surf lifesaving Association and being a member of the Bondi surf club, the world’s oldest surf club. Of course, the children visited Sydney, but we’d never really lived in Sydney, but over the summer, we lived in Sydney for a few months. And that gave them an opportunity, in a very positive and reinforcing way, to spend time together. Surf clubs have evolved over the years and now have a very strong community effect. They really experienced this, but as Bobi said, they made friends everywhere we went, where we stayed longer. We made an effort to get involved with the community, and they made friends that way, and they’ve got friends all around the world now. They’ve really enjoyed being a part of the surf lifesaving community and contributing in a way that they feel empowered and making friends.
I think that really listening to what they get excited about, and being involved, getting yourself involved in that as a partner, as a family, as full stakeholders in the whole partnership. Listening to that, paying attention to what they’re really excited about and following along those lines, to see what choices, what possibilities are in them.
That goes back to the things that we’re working on… when you do empower them and really, absolutely, really listen to what’s going on and you have free thinking stakeholders in the process, they’re going to tell you what they need, and you can be there for that, to bridge that thing but getting involved with community makes a big difference in everything and that’s the world schooling community, the events that happen, the local communities and really getting out there and listening to what they need, and that’s gonna make all the difference and then it won’t be that hard.