“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
― Margaret Mead
Our children grow up so fast. Before we know it they’re out there somewhere in the real world, and we’re left hoping that we’ve done enough to prepare them for everything they’ll encounter. Angel and I talk to course students and coaching clients on a regular basis – mothers and fathers alike – who share these sentiments. They worry about their children. They wonder if they’ve done a good enough job parenting up to this point. And Angel and I totally get it too. Oftentimes we feel the same way. We’re concerned about our son Mac’s well-being and education, and we discuss it frequently, just like most parents.
In fact, from what we’ve researched and studied, the well-being and education of their children is more important to most parents than just about anything else – health care, cost of living, public safety, and even their own well-being. And believe it or not, most non-parents also say they’re concerned about the well-being and intellectual growth of society’s youth; this concern seems to cut cleanly across gender, ethnicity, age, income and political affiliation. So the reality is, to a great extent, we all collectively care about our children. And that’s a really beautiful thing when you think about it.
Anyway, I awoke this morning thinking about all of this – especially the miraculous, life-changing responsibility of parenthood – and two related thoughts immediately crossed my mind:
- Whoa! Time flies. How in the world did Angel and I suddenly become parents to a little boy that’s running all over the place and asking questions about everything under the sun?
- There are so many important truths I want to share with Mac … before he’s in high school with his friends and too cool to listen. And before Angel and I go from “mommy and daddy who know best” to “mom and dad who couldn’t possibly understand.”
So I’m writing this post as a reminder to myself, and to all parents… (more…)