When is enough enough? Sometimes we can overdramatize situations or circumstances; overcompensating for our own desires. Put the brakes on.
Why keep stressing out your children when all they are trying to do is become self-sufficient?
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We have a tendency to over direct our children. We want what’s best for them, but whose best is it for?
My daughter, son, and I were running errands. My car is in the shop and so we needed her car for transportation.
Long story short, as she was driving, we pulled in the parking lot. She asked me where she should park. I responded, “Anywhere will be fine.”
Taking a shortcut through the parking lot, she said she would park her and what did I do?
“Park right here. That’ll be great.”
“See mom. That’s why I asked you. Because you were going to tell me anyway.”
We don’t realize that as our children grow and mature, they need to spread their wings to fly. They need to find their own way, no matter if we agree or not.
That means making tough decisions.
- Trying out for a sport in school
- Continue dancing
- Parking the car in a parking lot at the box store
- Quitting their job for a riskier with no guaranteed paycheck amount
We mean well! We don’t want to over exercise our knowledge always. BUT we do.
It’s frustrating, because you want what’s best for them. You desire success for your child. But as challenging as it is, we need to let them fall and put the brakes on.
The K.I.S.S. ~ Put the brakes on!
Life isn’t always about doing what seems to be the right way. There are so many different ways to get to the same place. You may have experienced it one way, but that doesn’t mean there’s not another way that works just as good.
So put the brakes on and gas up on the right stuff!
- Empower them to be their best self. They need to be able to succeed and fail without your hands. Instead, give them your heart!
- Lead with the door open. Provide a safe place for them to share with you. Don’t come across judgmental or condemning.
- Encourage grit and grace. It’s going to be hard work to live out their dreams. Build that stamina, the fortitude, to get through the challenges and pain in life. But still forgiving when you don’t get it right the first time.
Tough life lessons we all can utilize and we all need to learn.
When you put the brakes on, you are giving your child (and yourself) space to spread their wings and fly!
It’s on their terms, not our dreams.
Our responsibility is about raising our children up to place their own mark on the world to impact in the way they were created.
Now that should put a smile on your heart!
So when you are driving in that parking lot, put the brakes on (at least for your mouth), and give them their wings to soar!
“Be present. Be incredible. Be YOU!!!”
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