It frees them from pride– our world tells us “Do it yourself” but the truth is none of us can do life alone. A village allows us to see others as a team, not as competition.
It help multiplies your efforts– many hands make light work. Since we can’t do it all, we need others to help us accomplish our goals of raising healthy kids.
It teaches them to be secure with their insecurities– since we can’t do it all leaning on others helps us show our kids that it’s ok to not do it all. We can relate to others and then we can help them with their insecurities.
It allows you to cheer them on not need to coach them– I coached flag football and we were good, but I hated coaching my kid. Not because he was bad, but because it was hard to separate coaching and parenting. My son would do things on the field I didn’t like and I would want to ground him at home. Or he would mess around at school and then I would be bummed with him while at practice.
Having a big village allowed other friends and family members to coach, teach and train my kids while I can cheer my kids from the sidelines and be a proud dad. It really does take a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to make us great parents. Now I don’t plan on dying anytime soon, but if God had other plans I know my kids would be safe, loved and raised in a village.