Saturday 5 May 2018

Teach Children to Think

We need to beware of the temptation and deception of thinking we will always be there for our children. We are not omnipresent, nor are we omnipotent. We are each human. Meaning, we are limited. Our place is to train and develop our children and wards to be able to stand on their own two feet. It is not about giving them fish. It is about teaching them how to fish. 
"My parents taught me honesty, truth, compassion, kindness, and how to care for people. Also, they encouraged me to take risks, to boldly go. They taught me that the greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure." ― Brian Blessed.
We need to prepare our children to face world, that is life without us. We need to play our part in their growth from a place of dependence to a place of independence.

"I am convinced that every effort must be made in childhood to teach the young to use their own minds. For one thing is sure: If they don't make up their minds, someone will do it for them."― Eleanor Roosevelt.
That is what parenting is all about. It is not about us. It is not about keeping our children depend on us all the days of their life. It is all about them. It is about helping them fulfill their own God-given destiny. Only in them being able to stand on their own two legs, being their own person, can we count ourselves to have succeeded as parents.
"But one of the worst results of being a slave and being forced to do things is that when there is no one to force you any more you find you have almost lost the power of forcing yourself." ― C.S. Lewis.

We got work to do, parents. Let us get about doing it.


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