So much for which to be thankful… As a parent, it is easy to see all the flaws, mistakes and problems of our children. After all, our natural inclination is to “fix” them. Here is the problem – When we are continuously trying to “fix” the problems, we are missing out on all the gifts they possess, as well as the teachable moments they afford us. I firmly believe when I take a break from teaching and fixing, I realize I have so much to learn from my children.
My oldest teaches me to lighten up and not sweat the “small stuff”. My second born teaches me patience. My third born teaches me to talk less and listen more. My fourth born continuously reminds me of the importance of joy and wonder. What lessons do your children teach you?
Although I do believe it is important to create teachable moments with our children, I also think we need to let our children be the person they were created to be. There is a fine line between shaping and “fixing”. Amazing – the more I slow down, listen and observe, the more I realize that perhaps I need more “fixing” than do my children.