The birth of a child proceeds from a divine source. When a child springs into life it has all Nature behind it, and the whole glory of the living Universe. It begins its life not as a new creation, but as an old soul coming into this world out of the past having lived time and time and time again. Thus there are endless possibilities in this new life; wisdom gained in ancient lives which may manifest itself at anytime during its new life-time. Yet at the same time, the newly reincarnated soul is closed in on all sides, held in by the physical and psychological influences of the age born into, and of the experiences and belief system of the parents.
Parents are relatively inadequate when it comes to dealing with growing children. If there are any spiritual problems affecting children at any time, it is likely the fault of the parents. The parents do not err from lack of love, but from not viewing their children as souls. Kahil Gibran, in his book, “The Prophet” reminds us:
…Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong
not to you.