Not sure what your dream is, take a look at your children. Their dreams should be your dreams too.
I am not saying forget your own pursuits and desires, but don’t get so wrapped up in doing you that you lose focus on what they’re doing… That’s when they start to lose their way, when your not watching, cheering, talking, motivating, modeling, leading or actively engaged! They need you present in their presence! Talk about the big things, little things, silly things, dull things and everything in between. Find the balance.
Seems simple. Right? Well we all know it isn’t, and parents need pep talks too. Because, let’s be honest, parenting will be one of our greatest and potentially difficult adventure. Afterall, we applaud one another and get affirmations from so many places, yet rarely do we congratulate each other on the job well done of raising our children.
Now it just so happens, I LOVE the parenting walk and I meet loads (by loads I mean hundreds, literally) of you guys each year! Just this week alone I sat with 14 different groups of parents or guardians for TIEP meetings, and had about as many phone conversations. We create enduring relationships as we bond over the future of an adolescent we equally want to see be successful! Not to mention, I am in the process of raising three of my own, so while I am no expert, (is there such a thing when it come to parenting) I feel like I have seen and experienced loads when it comes to this topic!
I love all you “parents” out there doing your thing and trying to be the best you can be everyday! I value you. Yet I get it is not an easy path! So we all need an opportunity to put things in perspective when we get too far left or right of center. As a result, I gathered a couple (or ten) parenting quotes to look to when needing a little pick me up!
Here they are, in no particular order…
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass
“Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It’s about hanging on during a very bumpy ride.” – Ron Taffel
“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll
“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D. Hull
“To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself.” – James E. Faust
Every word, facial expression, gesture, or action on the part of a parent gives the child some message about self-worth. – Virginia Satir
“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.” – Carl Jung
“Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built.” – James Dobson
“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.” – Garrison Keillor
I hope my fellow parents found these inspirational and positive for when they need a little parenting pep talk! Tuck this away for future reference and for sure pass it along…
…and as always,Go in love,