Kathryn September 30th, 2011
So I hope these girls won’t mind me sharing their comments with you, but I had 3 people share what they thought about defining their success as a parent.
1. To define my success, I would say I want my kids to want to come home, when they are 5 or 15 or 35. I want them to love to be home and feel love and safety there.
2. I agree … Love is the key to know how successful you are in most cases
3. Love and joy in the home ♥
It seems the overwhelming response is love, and while I completely agree that love is the most important part of any relationship, and especially that between a parent and a child, there’s a part of me that thinks there’s more to it than that… I think that perhaps it’s HOW we love, and show our love to our children that’s the key.
So I want to love my children in a way that teaches them the following things, as well as many others.
- Although I love them unconditionally for who they are right at this moment, I know that they have the potential to become even more. They can and should strive to do and be anything they want to be.
- Never underestimate the value of hard work. I believe it is the means by which all great things are achieved.
- Learn from your mistakes. I was reading part of a book recently that talked about not teaching your children that mistakes are bad and devastating! Making mistakes is how we learn, grow and improve.
These are just 3 things that I think it is important for me to teach my children. There are many other things I will strive to teach my children and although there is no one of them that I would constitute my failure or success as a parent they are important to me. What is important to you will be different.
Above all, of course, I do want my children to know that I love them. I just hope that through that love I can teach them to always want to be the best that they can be. Not to the point that they are overwhelmed and think that they will never be good enough, but I want them to always want to improve, to bless not only their lives but the lives of their families and all those they associate with….