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THE NATURE OF

NURTURE

WHY NURTURE?

THE SEVEN PILLARS

OF WELL-NURTURED

The Nature of Nurture

CHILDREN


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THE NATURE OF NURTURE

As human beings we are drawn to others. It is in

our nature to nurture relationships with others.

It is through others that we become the best

versions of ourselves.

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WHY NURTURE?

To nurture is to care, love, and guide one

another. To nurture children is to nourish the

heart, body, mind, and spirit of another human

being, laying the foundations for a world in

which we hope to co-construct.

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HOLISTIC AND

WELL-NURTURED LIVING

Living holistically as well-nurtured beings is to

connect with our innermost truths. It is where

human beings establish relationships that

connect them to the multi-layers of themselves

and others.

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THE SEVEN PILLARS OF

WELL-NURTURED CHILDREN

Human beings are multi-faceted in their ways of

being. Holistically supporting each of the

complex elements of one another, empowers

mindful growth and development among

ourselves.


the nature of nurture

People need people. As human beings we are

drawn to others. Many studies have shown that

long before birth, babies’ emotional bonds

develop. At birth, babies are immediately

immersed into relationships with others and the

world around them. Through these interactions

and relationships, it has been proven that babies

are naturally responsive and social. Babies'

propensities for interaction and observation are an

on-going source of parents’ interest and awe. As

babies become toddlers, and grow into young

children their social interactions and observations

continue to develop throughout their lives.

By nature, human beings of all ages are observers

of the world. We are drawn to observe the events

and people around us. Through our senses, we

engage with the environment and the people in it.

From a very early age, we are capable of

recognizing and understanding complex

interpersonal messages both verbal and nonverbal

alike. Our aptitude for making sense of

people comes from a natural curiosity about the

world and relationships we encounter in it. It is

not surprising then, that connecting with people

plays a significant role in children’s everyday

lives. Children engage and connect to the

experiences they have in common with those

around them. As their relationships evolve,

children develop empathy toward one another,

and from this emerges a feeling of genuine care

for the well-being of others. Children feel good

when they help people. Daily interactions

become more meaningful when they take care

of the needs of those around them. Children’s

natural tendency to nurture gives them a sense

of purpose in the greater context of life giving

them a sense of satisfaction in how they

contribute beyond themselves. Just like

children who show a natural desire to help

others, we as parents and educators feel good

when we nurture children.


As we realize our own potentialities for helping others, our sense of self-actualization leads us to fulfill an innerdrive

supporting good intent, and stewardship for the well-being of others. It is through stewardship toward

children that we find purpose in our lives, and discover ways to share our gifts with them while receiving back the

gifts they have to share with us. We connect with something bigger than ourselves and align with our altruistic

selves recognizing that our actions positively impact the well-being of children and in turn, the world.


why nurture?

Nurture is a way of being that allows us, as parents and

educators, to give of ourselves the things we value most. It is

a way of helping children discover what matters most to them.

It is a way to support them as they strive to develop qualities

that best reflect their hearts and souls.

To nurture is to care, love, and guide one another. To nurture

children is to nourish the emergence of the gifts and endless

possibilities that live within the heart and soul of every child. It

is a way to unwrap and share the tremendous legacy that is a

part of who they are. We are nurturers by nature, arguably

born for such endeavours. Our human species depends on us

to nurture children in ways that help them become connected

to their empathetic and well-nurtured selves.


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Our Nurture Series has been created as a way to step outside of traditional paradigms of teaching and learning.

Rather than a linear approach where the educator or parent bestows information onto children, Nurtured

Inspirations has created something different. Our Nurture Series is something more. It is about being human. It is

about relationships. It is about coming together to co-construct what it means to be

holistic

well-nurtured

&

and

well-nurtured

what

living

it

means to embrace our own sense of self-worth and well-being.

It is about nurturing children ~ and ourselves ~ in life, learning, and education on the grand platform of humanity.

It is an inner journey along an outer pathway where children learn to embrace their inner compass as a guide in

life. It is a journey where children learn to listen to their inner voice, their own spirit, and to one another. It is where

we connect holistically with children so that they can learn to connect with their most authentic selves and lead a

life of meaning and purpose.


"Our Nurture Series is where we connect

holistically with children. It is through

relationships that children learn to connect

with their innermost authentic selves to lead

a life of meaning and purpose."

Susan Wright

Founder ~ Nurtured Inspirations


Seven Pillars The

Well-Nurtured Children

of

As a way to support educators and parents along this

journey, our Nurture Series unveils ‘The Seven Pillars

of Well-Nurtured Children’. These pillars align with a

holistic approach to guide and nurture children as

they evolve through connected relationships, and

grow in their understanding and love of themselves.

It is where we nurture children’s well-being and guide

them to find meaning, inspiration, and purpose in

their own lives. Our Nurture Series invites us to listen

and learn alongside children by honouring the

experiences and contexts from which they come. We

believe that in order to nurture calm in children we

must nourish and develop ‘The Seven Pillars of Well-

Nurtured Children’. As a way to understand and

unpack all the layers of a whole human being,

Nurturing the Seven Pillars of Children, will empower

you to holistically support all of the complex

elements of children’s growth and development.

Our look into the pillars will highlight each

foundational pillar, and how together, they make for

a well-nourished and well-nurtured whole child. You

will discover the impact a sense of calm has on

children’s understanding of self, relationships, and

ways of being in the world. You will uncover

empowering ways to engage children in dialogue

and reflection about connecting with calm. You will

gather ideas for curating materials as you consider

the importance of spaces in your environment as

these relate to ways in which to nurture calm in

children. Finally, you will learn affirmations to guide

you, and the children you nurture, in your day-to-day

interactions.


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the seven pillars

EMOTIONAL PILLAR

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SOCIAL PILLAR

3

PHYSICAL PILLAR

4

INTELLECTUAL PILLAR

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SPIRITUAL PILLAR

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MORAL PILLAR

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NATURE AESTHETIC PILLAR


the nurture series

It is through the Nurture Series and ‘The Seven Pillars of Well-Nurtured Children’ that we guide children to

uncover each of the pillars within themselves. Through carefully designed and intentionally developed

processes, children begin to uncover ways to actively discover, develop, self-regulate, and honour

themselves as whole beings.

Welcome to our very first eBook in The Nurture Series entitled, “Nurture Calm”. We are excited to share

this with you and we hope it brings to your life the kind of calm and nurture that has shaped our own

existence, relationships, and experiences in life, learning, and education.


to the nurture calm e-book

Our Nurture Series is an extensive series of eBooks that

welcome

provide educators and parents with a comprehensive set of

resources to cultivate a culture that empowers children to

flourish holistically. Our practical resources are easy-to-use

and are inviting to explore. Children, parents, and educators

will enjoy the interactive process of coming to know

themselves and others through a lens of love, kindness,

respect, and empathy. Relationships and encounters matter

and for that reason our resources have been designed to

support you as you guide and nurture children to establish

secure, trusting, and respectful connections in life, learning,

and education.

Our eBook series includes a focus on nurturing The Seven

Elements of Well-Nurtured Beings including:

Nurture Calm

Nurture Relationships

Nurture Well-Being

Nurture Creativity

Nurture Nature

Nurture Self-Regulation

Nurture Learning

Within each of The Seven Elements of Well-Nurtured Beings,

there are multiple layers that we unpack to help you guide and

nurture children in ways that support their holistic well-being.

As a way to support you as you nourish the whole being of a

child, we have created the Nurture Series. Gather as a group

or cuddle up with a child one-on-one as you connect

holistically with one another.

Join us as we create relationships and encounters that

nourish children’s sense of calm and wellness.


Explore the

NURTURE

SERIES

for life, learning & education

SUSAN WRIGHT

© NURTURED INSPIRATIONS 2019


P H O T O C R E D I T S

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For Life. Learning. Education.

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