Last week, this quote below arrived in my inbox. I appreciated it and it moved me. It moved me enough to include it in the blog, because more times than NOT, when I chat with parents about their families – they forget.
If a child believes in his/her ability, the child can do anything.
If we want our children to believe in themselves, we MUST believe in them FIRST.
Let me tell you something about YOU.
YOU can do anything you want. YOU are in control.
YOU can achieve as much success as you want to.
YOU can and will pick yourself up when life knocks you down.
I BELIEVE IN YOU.
So instead of making sure your child has completed her homework, has the perfect outfit for the play, is signed up for a Spring sport, and is invited to the birthday party this weekend – STOP and ask yourself, Do I believe in my children’s abilities to handle their lives? How have I shown this to them today? How will I show them tomorrow?
I believe in you. Go for it.
PS: These are big, fat, juicy, delicious concepts. These concepts bring parents to their knees. If you are not sure that your child can handle what life brings, take a moment and observe. Look for all the ways your child already handles adversity, disappointment, success, conflict, packed schedules, appreciation, confusion, forgetting something and the list goes on. Take a moment and write them down. Store those examples in a place where you can access the list and reflect. These are the moments that matter.