Early Childhood Studies – a Global Perspective

Exploring the concepts on early childhood studies through the lens of people across the globe

My Supports



The perception of independence seems a complex idea that needs careful analysis. Can a person truly be independent? Perhaps in one way or another, but not in an absolute state.

Working and earning for myself and providing for my personal needs could qualify for independence. However, the ramifications of being able to work indicate being in a state of collaborating with other people in the organization to deliver the task. I need the support of the secretary to organize meetings and send a communication with families at the school, the teachers to implement the program we are advocating, and all the other people with skill-specific jobs. No matter how grand my goals are, I could not attain them without the support of the different systems around me.

With the ups and downs that each day brings, I need an emotional anchor where I can share frustrations, difficulties, and fears. I also seek to share joy and excitement to celebrate my successes. Sometimes, there is one person I particularly want to share an emotion – my daughter, siblings, mom, friend or fiance. I could not imagine suppressing my feelings especially the negative emotions that beset me. Even though these people plainly listen to my tribulations, the act by itself is already an affirmation of support.

Living in a country where I could hardly speak the language, I need people to support translating and communicating to go about the motions of each day. Without these supports, I would not be able to pay bills, have access to services nor seek appropriate help.

Big or small, simple or complex, the amount of support I get all contribute to my existence. The needs are met with varying degrees. Every inch of support that I receive completes my well-being and makes me look forward to each day knowing that I am not alone.

But what if…

I do not have a family? How can I process challenging emotions? I would not look forward to holidays anymore when I canhands-718559_1280 spend time with family, eat and talk about a good meal, seek personal advice, and engage in the simple act of giving and receiving.  My emotional needs would not be supported in the absence of my family. Losing out on emotional support can also affect my capability to perform other tasks. The web in my system would be disconnected and could potentially affect all the other components of my well-being.

In Tim Gunn’s words,

Life is not a solo act. It is a huge collaboration, and we all need to assemble around us the people who care about us and support us in times of strife.

Gunn, T. (n.d). Support Quotes. Brainy Quotes. Retrieved from                 http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/support.html#thWUUQVo3RkUv6OM.99v6OM.          99


Author: pamcee70

My name is Pam Castillo. I have been in the field of education for 24 years now. Although I have taught some levels in grade school, I have spent most of my years teaching children aged two to six years old. I am always amazed by the interactions I have every day with children. In an environment where children feel safe, they are confident to explore and make discoveries. These experiences prepare them for the bigger challenges in the future. I feel privileged to be a part of the learning journey of these young children especially if they still come to see me and reminisce the years we worked together.

5 thoughts on “My Supports

  1. I love your ending quote by Tim Gunn, it is so true. Life is not a solo act. You can be independent but you still rely on others on a daily basis, whether it is in your workplace or home life. It is a huge collaboration and you need people around you that will support you and help you through the difficult times and celebrate with you in the good times.
    Wonderful post


  2. Pam,
    Terrific post. The Tim Gunn quote is amazing. I am a strong independent woman yet I am also dependent on my husband. Being independent doesn’t mean alone or without dependency. Everyone needs someone to depend on through life. I am lucky to have several to depend on as well as them depending on me.


  3. Pamela, your blog entry was great. I really connected with the quote you used as well due to we all have been there one time or another. I had to learn its ok to be independent while having a close circle backing you when needed or just to know they are there regardless. I know my students will make a statement saying ‘they don’t need anyone’ but I would always respond by saying ‘everybody need somebody’!


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