About Annie Reneau

Annie Reneau is a homeschooling mom of three, who somehow convinced her family to store everything that wouldn't fit in their Honda Pilot to travel the U.S. as digital nomads for a year. She writes about the hilarity and horror of motherhood and her family's traveling adventures at Motherhood and More.

Seeds and saplings

seedsandsaplings

The following is a guest post written by Annie Reneau of Motherhood and More.

“We can think of ourselves not as teachers but as gardeners. A gardener does not ‘grow’ flowers; he tries to give them what he thinks they need and they grow by themselves.”
– John Holt

One day, I was chatting with a fellow homeschooling mom about this analogy of teachers as gardeners.

As she dug into her botany background and began passionately explaining the diverse needs of seeds, I was struck by the depth of this metaphor — not just for us “gardeners,” but for the “seeds” and “saplings” in our care as well.

All seeds have a basic need for sun, water and a place to anchor — much like a child’s basic needs for food, love and shelter.

But beyond that, seeds sprout and flourish under widely diverse conditions.
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