What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange, it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.”
Every parent wants the same outcome for their children, just as their parent before them and their parent’s parent did before that. If you asked a dozen parents, what they wanted for your child. They’re most likely to say they want their children to be successful. For me, I want my daughters to be smart, not just book smart but also street smart. I want them to be successful, mindful and kind to others. I also want them to make decisions that will give them a happy life, decisions based on the values instilled in them.
Bringing up a child is more than providing food, clothing and shelter. Raising a child calls for character building that involves more than being polite and having manners. It calls for creating a habit of positive mental wellbeing, indulging in good thoughts about themselves. Parents can teach character by promoting values like honesty, respect, responsibility and kindness. As a parent putting these values in practice demonstrates a commitment to good character so our children will no doubt want to follow.
Like my mother and grandmother before me, I’ve taught my daughters that they are responsible for their own actions, they can’t blame others for their misfortunes or mistakes because every decision they make dictates the life they will live. I’ve also taught them that it didn’t matter their stations in life or the circumstance they were born into or the challenges that may arise before them if they stood firm and relentlessly pursued your goals they will most definitely succeed. In the grand scheme of things, my goal was not to raise perfect children, my goal is and always have been was to raise better citizens and help them find their defining moments.
©Etta D. Richards