Guidance. Love. Hope.
As parents, these are all gifts we try to give to our children.
What we don’t always realize is that our children give us many important gifts back. The least of these gifts being a vision of life through their innocent eyes – eyes that have yet to grasp the concepts of suspicion, judgement and unrealistic comparisons.
This is their gift.
And this is the gift Brooke Campbell, a member of the Mothers’ Center of Central New Jersey, writes about in this month’s Mothers Central guest post – a series where we share our member’s thoughts on parenting through a letter to their child or grandchild.
Brooke is the biological mother of one, but sees herself as a mother to many through her profession as a creative arts therapist. As the founder of Creative Kinections, LLC, she uses play and dramatic arts to heal, teach, and inspire – oftentimes working with children who turn to her for further guidance, hope, and unconditional love.
Brooke holds a Master’s Degree in Drama Therapy from New York University and as a professional actor she is a member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television & Radio Artists and Actors’ Equity Association. As a Therapist and actor, Brooke has extensive experience speaking about and working with autism, mental illness, trauma, women’s issues, parenting topics, eating disorders, children, elderly, and individuals who have suffered from various forms of abuse.
The following letter is to her daughter Noelle, but also to all the children she has encountered along the way, because she feels deeply blessed to have benefited from spending time with each and every one of them.
Dear Noelle and the Children of the World,
I think of the times you have pulled me out of my stresses, fears, and at times a desire to control situations. You have showed me hope, freedom, and what genuine happiness looks like. I am the most fulfilled in my life because of you.
I want you to know YOU are always enough. Society often tells us that we need material items, a degree, money and accomplishments to tell us that we are good.
You are perfect because of who you are,
not what you do or what you have.
This took me years to discover and I continue to remind myself of this lesson.
Your approval comes from within. Your compassion, creativity, intellect and goodness shine and touch the hearts of all. You are the reason the world feels. Without you, there would be less laughter, joy, memories, and meaning.
You are good because you were born.
Your existence and presence is enough.
Your thoughts, feelings, ideas, interests, and hopes for the future are enough.
You are loved because you are a child of God.
May you always live life with curiosity, wonderment, and hope. And may you always know the greatest gift you have given others and myself was the day you entered this world.
You will always be enough.
With Love Always,
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