“You can’t run alongside your grown children with sunscreen and Chapstick on their hero’s journey.”
—Anne Lamott, American writer, political activist, and writing teacher
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What are your thoughts about being a good parent? If you happen to be blessed with little ones of your own — even if they are fully grown — I am sure you have plenty to share!
Examine how you interacted with them at different ages. How protective were you in their infant and toddler years? How did things stay the same or change as they got older and exerted increased independence? To what degree did you keep them in bubble wrap or let them out of their packaging to experience the world on their own?
In what ways do your current parenting strategies support your children in becoming all they can be?
What adjustments may be appropriate for them to fully discover and develop their inner hero?
“Nothing is a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children, than the unlived lives of their parents.”
-Carl Gustav Jung, 19th Century Swiss Founder of Analytical Psychology
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Parenting is perhaps the highest expression of love I can imagine. Having two special kids in Dan and Rachel⏤now 31 and 29 years old⏤I know both my wife and I would do anything to support their happiness.
Jung’s statement caused me to ponder just how good a job we are all doing, coaching our children through the lives we live and the examples we set.
How excited are you when you share your life pursuits and adventures with your children?
How much dismay or regret do you experience as you look back, even on today, or into the days ahead? It’s not too late to turn things around or turbo-charge your efforts. I’m sure your children are still watching!
How and in what ways can and will you step into living an even more extraordinary life as an example of what is possible for those you love, especially your children?
– Red Auerbach, American basketball coach
As parents of two children in their mid-20s, my wife and I were always focused on their growth and development. From the moment they were born, “What will they become? How can we support their success?” were questions we often asked ourselves.
I believe that we, as parents, are caretakers of these young souls, for the purposes of both keeping them safe and secure, and exposing them to the world to discover their gifts and their talents through the various experiences and opportunities through their life journey.
To what extent are you and those closest to you doing what you do best?
What efforts can you make to further discover and express these unique abilities in the future?
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