The point of families

20 December 2007

Ian Brown of The Globe and Mail quotes Jean Vanier on the importance of creating a family for the disabled – but it’s true of families, generally – this is what they’re for:

 “I realized instinctually,” [Vanier has written of his first encounter with the disabled], “that what they needed most was a family environment, a place of belonging where they could be themselves, grow in inner confidence and freedom, and enjoy life with others.”

 

This is strikes me – inner confidence and freedom – is what we’re supposed to be striving to give our children. 

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