When Lincoln (age 7) and Grace (age 5) and I go to work we’re in it together. In order to launch and grow the idea of Big Dog Little Dog – Yoga with Your Child, the three of us have had to embrace how the work of developing something from scratch can still be playful. We have to keep it playful otherwise we loose what Big Dog Little Dog is all about…spending good time with each other.
After a few requests from individuals in the States asking how it would be possible for them to take the BDLD Teacher Training I’ve decided to launch an online training course where anyone, anywhere can train to teach BDLD. It was a logical move. I’ve had to learn to navigate an online training platform, the kids and I have had to shoot a ton of video and I’ve had to re-work the structure of the training content so that it will work virtually.
Over ½ term the kids and I spent a day recording all we do in the live BDLD Teacher Trainings. They were brilliant. They were also paid (well). It was after this day that I began to realize that being active developers and founders of the BDLD curriculum has taught the kids a lot. It’s taught them about work, business, money, entrepreneurship, spending, saving, the cost of people’s time…
“Putting your kids to work provides some amazing benefits. Not only does it allow them to learn the value of work, but it also gives them insight into the family business…” (Aaron Young, 2014, Entrepreneur Online Magazine)
We’ve embraced that this is a family business now. Lincoln and Grace both have business cards that say their job title: “Teacher Trainer”. They love this and I believe they find it empowering.
The teachers I trained last year all have children of their own and those that have started their own classes have organically followed a similar model…the kids help teach, roll out mats, demonstrate poses, offer help to other parents and children in the classes. It’s another lovely facet to the work that is unfolding – not only the connectivity between parent and child but between child and others. It’s about learning generosity, sharing knowledge and helping each other freely.
There’s a lovely story that Jack Kornfield mentions in his book A Path With Heart. He writes,
One Native American ceremony showers young children with food, drink and clothing. Then members of the tribe cry out, “I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, I’m cold.” From their abundance, the children are then led to distribute their bounty to others in need… True generosity grows in us as our heart opens, grows along with the integrity and health of our inner life. (2002:217-8)