This article by Mike Vernon and Gill Avery was originally published in Juno Magazine Issue 23 Autumn 2010.
Standing on wobbly legs, leaning against a low table, the toddler looks gingerly over her shoulder. She smiles at her parents, who sit watching her, then shifts her balance and begins to take her first step. Her parents are out of their chairs, reaching forward, hands extended, smiling and encouraging – “How wonderful… you’re walking!” – and then the triumphant infant sinks into their arms, beaming. “Well done, little one!”
We believe that moments such as the one described above lay down crucial patterns for our future. Patterns such as the way in which we will think, our attitudes, our emotional health, the ways in which we will choose to act (and react), and even our physical posture. These moments are so important because they programme our neural pathways, linking initiative, movement, pleasure, love, trust and relationship. We call this pattern The Golden PathSM .
Find 'The Golden Path: for adolescents' published in Juno Magazine Issue 24 Summer 2011- out now!