Children are born to expect a village.
And they are born to maintain a sense of separateness.
But they need to learn how to socialize without abandoning their autonomy, to be together without losing their sense of uniqueness.
In this village a child doesn’t have to fight to be seen, scream to be heard, or hide to be accepted.
The healthy village, community or family has learned how to come together as one while also honoring everyone’s differences.
When a child knows this place, she knows what it is to belong.