Prepare the Child for the Path

I am sure most of you have heard the great quote, "prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child." I found myself recently in a situation where one of my children was disappointed about something and I subconsciously was sweeping in and trying to rescue them from feeling tough emotions.

This morning I had clarity that the best thing I can do as their parent is to...

Pause. Breathe. Pray.

And remember building their character for life is so much more important than them feeling comfortable in this moment.

Purposefully choosing to place them in a position where I know they are going to have to work through tough feelings is hard- but it is the wisest choice. I would rather them learn these skills earlier in life than cushion their path and send them out into a world that is not very cushiony without the skills and heart to handle it.

So to other parents out there who can relate, I want you to know you are not alone. This parenting thing is tough. It makes not only our children grow stronger but us as well.

May we all grow at peace within trusting that these tough choices are helping our children stand on a solid foundation in life, growing them into the people God made them to be.

Be well,
Shawn

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