There’s a couple of incredible things that recently happened to me as a parent.
1. My kid is growing older
He’s 9 years old now. I can see changes in him happen every day. He is right in the middle between a kid and a teenager. Which is a very demanding place, especially in mental and emotional terms.
2. I keep the bar high
One of my goals as a parent is to prepare him well for life. To let him know what he wants. To let him be able to reach for it. And to let him be able to deal with difficulties. I have a mindful approach with standards set high. Playing on the edge of his comfort zone.
3. There’s some friction in the picture
But sometimes I forget that he is 9 years old. Sometimes I do demand too much. Sometimes I can see in his eyes that he does not understand me. But that’s because I don’t understand him.
4. I decided to be a better parent
Fortunately, I am aware of that. That is why I set myself a new parenthood goal. Every week I will learn one new thing that I can do to be a better parent.
5. I heard this this morning
I wrote and spoke of the importance of goals many times. Once you set them, you seem to attract things that relate to them. You suddenly notice content referring to your goals. You suddenly meet people that are able to help you. You suddenly see opportunities with which you can make them happen.
Today in the morning, when I drove back from school, I listened to a podcast. Many times, podcasts bring me answers to questions that I am asking. This time, it was even more.
The podcast that I listened to today was Carnegie Coach. These are short audio casts based on Dale Carnegie’s teaching from his evergreen book “How To Win Friends And Influence People”.
Today, the host of the show decided to include a passage form Carnegie’s book that is actually a story/poem by W. Livingston Larned. It is called “Father Forgets”.
It was exactly the right time and exactly the right message that I needed.
This is one simple thing I can do to be a better parent.
It struck me so much that I just had to share it with you. Maybe you are a parent. Or maybe you know one that this message will help. Share it.
You can watch a short film with this story.
And you can read it here.
Well … it says it all.
Now, the challenge is to remember to apply it.
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