Instead of that all important question you ask your children being “What do you want to be when you grow up?” shouldn’t it be “WHO do you want to be when you grow up?” …changing that one word can change your child’s whole perspective on life.
When you ask your child something so life encompassing as to look into their future and really ponder what it might look like and how they grow into it, don’t you think it would be much more important that they focus on their character instead of their career? If all of our children looked into their hearts and thought about WHO they are and all the unique qualities they possess and what they can share with the world, it would serve everyone much more than trying to label themselves as this or that.
Ask your child who they want to be as they grow up and open up that beautiful, curious mind. Start a conversation of discovery and mindful thinking. Help them understand how special they are.
The things that make you feel awkward about yourself now may possibly be the qualities that you appreciate the most later in life.
Don’t grow up too fast…
my heart drops as I let go of her bike for the first time without training wheels. How can I feel so excited in this moment for her when my heart is pierced with such a sharp rush of sadness? She’s growing up — and it takes my breath away and leaves me still with such a bittersweet sadness. Does it really have to be this hard? Why does every ounce of me want to hold on to her so tight? Dare she be able to grow! And then it hits me, they’re only ours for a moment. How beautifully cruel and blissfully amazing it is to be a parent. Their childhood flies by in slow motion. It’s that old saying “the days are long but the years are short.” Whoever wrote that definitely has been here before.
The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life.
Live your life so that your children can tell their children that you not only stood for something wonderful — you acted on it.
I love this post by Desirée at The 36th Avenue :
Ten valuable qualities that children can learn from their parents. She gives such simple but powerful insight into being a positive role model for your child and the importance of gratitude, integrity and loving yourself. Really loved it, a must read! ♥