Relationships are paramount in a person's life. We need other people in our lives to help us understand, cope, share it's ups and downs. Relationships make it possible to view the world through different lenses. We need to be held touched, cared for and cared about and vice versa. That can only happen through the relationships we form with others.The following people mean the world to me.
The insights I've gained regarding challenges to developing and maintaining these relationships are that not all of them were easy to establish and it was harder than I thought to keep them viable. It takes hard but rewarding work to keep relationships on an even keel and sometimes they waiver but they are worth the effort to keep them up.
The special characteristics of these relationships are they took time to develop, they have longevity, they mean as much to those in the relationships as they do to me and there would be a void in my life if any of them weren't there.
I know the difficulty in forming relationships and having continuity in them. As an Early Childhood professional I am cognizant that relationships have to be formed, for the survival of the children we all serve. Parents need to form relationships with the caregivers of their children because they are leaving the most precious possession they have with them and a level of trust has to be established. Caregivers need to form relationships with the Parents because they will be with the child most of the day and they have to know what is best for that child and Parents have that information. When a Parent is asked questions and time is taken to get to know the family and address their needs, then a relationship that is hopefully mutually satisfying can happen.
Please listen to this song as a close to this post. http://youtu.be/GhOap2Vldaw .