Freedom to be happy

What is Freedom for you? Today we want to start this way …

With a question that seems simple, but it is not …

Yesterday we celebrated the liberation and we have heard so much about Freedom. After reading articles, poems, quotes we wanted to do this post to reflect together. Talking about Freedom is a difficult topic among adults, let’s explain it to our children! In fact, I believe that the children are the best who should explain freedom to us. They are better. They live and let them live. And do you know why? They have no prejudices. And this makes them free and careless.

Once in a nursery workshop, we were in the circle and “philosophized” together when, on this topic, a little girl told us that for her freedom was not to be able to eat all the chocolate she wanted but to succeed Eat it for the sake of her belly!

But what does all this mean then? What does it mean to be free?

Freedom can not only do everything we enjoy or like. Freedom is what makes us make conscious choices, respecting ourselves and others. If I am free to choose, to think, to communicate, I will be open to listen to the freedom of others. Freedoms are roads that cross to reach the goal. And if we were all really free, there would be no discrimination.

For me the freedom is like a dandelion that flying high in the sky together with our greatest dreams. I believe freedom is free but at the same time it has deep roots. It seems a controversy, but the real freedom is to be free to sail in an unexplored sea knowing that there is always a safe harbor inside us. And that safe harbor is our values, which makes us feel at home.

Freedom is to be able to think, choose, talk, live according to their own values without being overwhelmed by the heaviest of prejudices.


Freedom and children

To help children develop free and light we should think together with them. There are many books that help parents, educators and children discuss this theme together.



It’s an Italian Book. It is a  fantastic trip for the little ones looking for an answer that goes far beyond the definition of the encyclopedia. A philosophy for children in just over 30 pages.

We want to let you reflect on reading the hymn to freedom written by poet Paul Éluard…


On my school books
On my desk and trees
On the sand and snow
I write your name


On all pages read
On all white pages
Stone sandpaper or ashes
I write your name


On the jungle and desert
On the nests and gorses
On the echo of my childhood
I write your name


On the marvels of nights
On the white bread of days
On the married seasons
I write your name


On the fields on the horizon
On the wings of birds
And on the mill of shadows
I write your name


On each puff of dawn
On the sea on the boats
On the demential mountain
I write your name


On health regained
On risk that is no more
On hope without memories
I write your name


And by the strength of one word
I start over my life
I was born to know you
To name you


Liberty is life!


Letizia Grasso, Educationalist
“All grown-ups were children, but few of them remember it” This phrase is engraved on my heart. The child who marvels at small things is always with me. I firmly believe that the school should focus on self-construction of knowledge through direct contact with the outside world and, therefore, through the experiences of life. A school open to life and from life itself learns. A school that teaches to observe every little thing, to wonder and to ask questions. A school that forms adults who know how to reflect and put into a relationship the mind and heart.”