“…Though all ought to possess all virtues, yet all are not equally bound to exercise them;
but each ought to practice, in a more particular manner,
those virtues which are most requisite for the state of life to which he is called.”
Introduction to the Devout Life (Part III, Chapter I)
St. Francis de Sales
Unless we can be in continuous preparation ourselves, in a state of perpetual improvement and hold onto a new vision of the child, it will be difficult to serve them properly. We do not wish to be a servant to the child but to serve him in a holistic manner as he continues to develop as a whole person himself. In order to provide holistically, it is necessary to be holistically prepared as well. The adult should be prepared intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
Adults are generally quick to give their weaknesses, but we must know our strengths and what we have to offer to function as part of a society as well as to work with children. For the best example of how to do this, we turn to the children themselves who are much quicker to tell you what they are good at, what they need to work on, and even to help us discover our own strengths and weaknesses.
No other educational method places so much attention and emphasis on the interior preparation of the adult.
In order for society to be normalized, we need to have normalized individuals who are operating at optimal functioning. Ideally, this begins in childhood, and we provide for that in the casa, but adults who have missed the childhood opportunities are not left with no options. We cannot redo sensitive periods from our childhoods, but we can do something about our weaknesses.