Holding Space

As adults we must hold space for young people, and nurture their sense of identity and caring for the world, so that there is room and opportunity for all their wild and wonderful imaginings… and so they can make the world their own.

The future is not really ours to be imagined – it belongs to our children…

Stay grounded
Take the one next step
take it firmly and with confidence
this is the part we can control…
with deliberation

with trust
in our capacity
as we hold close
our understanding
of possibility

It is the path of our children
that we are laying down
A holding of space
on a borrowed path
Shared praxis
deliberate space
and pace
to accept them as they are
a liberating place
for our children
to be their authentic selves

at the helm
living their lives
stepping into their own

Leah Kelley (2020).
Dissertation snippet… (The Person Who Arrives, 2021, pp175-176 )

About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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2 Responses to Holding Space

  1. Elaine Kelley says:

    This is lovely. Thank you.


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