“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”
Psalm 127:3-5 (NIV)
I’ve been a bit behind in visiting some of my favourite blogs so I went on over to The Common Sense Dad earlier today … and I wasn’t disappointed. After reading the very first paragraph of “Raising Kids in a Modern Family” I definitely experienced an ‘Aha’ moment as Oprah would say. Why? Because it was sobering to realise I am my son’s definition of a parent/mother.
He doesn’t define me by my job title or how well I juggle several projects; he defines me by the example I set for him and the things I teach him in the most important role of all: as his mom.
The following paragraph was the most profound of all, especially after I had complained – in black and white – that there were one or few notes my own mom had failed to pass on to me about parenting teenagers:
“When it comes to teaching, the bottom line is we’re all teachers. Every person our children encounter has the ability to teach them something, whether it’s the mailman who is kind and reliable, the grocery clerk who reminds you that you forget one of your bags, their teacher, your best friends, your spouse, your significant other, or whoever. Our job is to teach our children to navigate the world and, no matter who else is offering lessons, it’s our responsibility as parents, or step parents, or half-parents, or foster parents to be confident in the things we teach them.” Read the entire article here.
The final takeaway? “Believe in yourself. Believe in your children. You will not be disappointed.” I believe in me and I believe in Nathan but what about you? If you have children, do you believe in them and foremost yourself? Are you confident in the things you are teaching them? Definitely something to think about … and to share with other parents.