“Our children are not going to be just “our children”— they are going to be other people’s husbands and wives and the parents of our grandchildren.”
-Mary Steichen Calderone
I was talking with a friend this week about how, when it comes to parenting, the goal is “not to raise great kids…it’s to raise kids who become great adults.” (Andy Andrews)
I love that as Steevenson’s mama and daddy we get to instill character traits that will inform his future decisions and actions. My hope is that he believes with all his cute little being that we want the best for him, and that we’re here to help him achieve his best, whatever that looks like on any given day as he changes and grows. And not because we’re smarter or “the boss”, but because we’re older, and more experienced, and we’ve made mistakes he can now avoid.
It’s such an incredible responsibility/privilege, and although day to day life can often cause us to lose sight of the big picture of who our kiddo is becoming, I love that we can be intentional about teaching him things that will make a difference in the long run along the way. Things like being generous, appreciative, committed and engaged. Things like saying ‘I’m sorry’, being positive in the face of adversity, being true to himself and valuing relationships. And because I’m responsible for modeling it, it’ll not only enhance his character, it’ll also enhance mine. Pretty cool gig. 🙂
Happy Thursday, y’all!