So, what does parenting for success look like and what does it mean? Does it look like a little league MVP trophy sitting on their shelf above their perfectly made bed? Does it mean that our children get straight A’s in school? Does it mean they play the piano in a way that melts all of our hearts and reminds us of how precious music and children really are, and how we can’t live without either one of them? Nope! Nope! And NOPE!
Successful parenting is parenting the WHOLE child, not just the parts that we want to. It’s not our place as parents to paint our kids into a corner by making them do things that we like to do, or at least used to like to do when we were younger. It’s not fair to expect our children to be an imitation of us, or even a new and improved version of ourselves. We need to push our egos aside and do what’s right for our children, instead of what’s easy, comfortable and familiar. In the end, we need to help our children become better rounded, authentic, versions of themselves by helping them develop whatever part of them comes out on that particular day.
If we just help them fulfill the one thing of them becoming the best possible version of themselves that they can be, and every other parent also does the same thing, can you imagine the wonderful world that we could create? And this wonderful place could be created through our own parent choices to consciously create a better world through expertly and unselfishly guiding and helping our kids become the best possible version of themselves. Imagine that! Now, quick, while still imaging, let’s really make it happen!
Now as my Granddaddy always said, “Let’s go learn, lead and lay the way to a better world for all of us. “Parenting for success really is something that we can all do with a little more thoughtfulness and effort. And once again parents, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…