What I tell every child I meet on the earth. “You’ve got greatness in you and how you learn has nothing to do with how brilliant you are.Henry Winkler (The Fonz) @hwinkler4real who has lived his entire live with dyslexia via #mohrstories
We expect respect and honesty from our children, do we show the same in return?
We are human, we will make mistakes. You will may mistakes in life and you will make many mistakes when it comes to raising your children (trust me, I know).
The thing is, you need to show humility and be honest when you do make these mistakes. You need to apologise to your children when you make mistakes and show them respect when things you do, impact their lives. Whether they are 2 years old and you raised your voice when you shouldn’t have or they are 15 and you cheat on their mother/father and realise that you no longer are in love.
Speak to your kids, no matter how old they are. Show them the respect that you expect from them. Do not ignore situations, do not hide the tough things, do not “protect” them, when you should really speak to them and trust that they will appreciate that you love them. If the situation requires forgiveness, trust they will forgive you. Life isn’t simple and you may never receive that forgiveness, but if you don’t, the most important relationship you will ever have will be based on a lie and you will miss out on a big part of their life (and yours) when the truth comes out.
“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Alexander Pope
You don’t always have to be a leader, you don’t always have to be a follower, you just always need to be an individual. An individual thinks for themselves.@thatkevinsmith giving fatherly advice to his daughter on SModcast. Something I will remember to tell my children as they grow. (Note - this podcast is for adults only and has some humor that could be considered crass to some people)
The next generation will stand on the shoulders of their mothers and fathers and the great people that inspired them and they go forward with their message and their hearts.Kelly Carlin (George Carlin’s Daughter)