What if all the things we think are important really didn’t matter at all….?
I know that thinking like this might rock your world but
your child’s grades & getting inducted into the gifted class or national honor society didn’t matter?
how your child performed on the STEM classes or AP exam didn’t matter?
having all the cool people sit with your child at the lunch table didn’t matter?
scoring the winning touch down or making the select soccer team didn’t matter?
The world is telling you that all this stuff matters.
The world is telling parents that signing our kids up for soccer at age three is important.
The world is telling parents that spending money on expensive preschools is essential.
The world is telling parents that it is key to keep your child busy in all kinds of enrichment.
What if all this didn’t matter because the only thing that mattered was that you
taught your child to behave,
encouraged your child to be kind and giving
instilled in your child a sense of rules and boundaries and respect for authority
spent quality time with your child undistracted by the hub bub of the world.
allowed your child to suffer through loss and you didn’t give in so they could avoid pain
What if being a resourceful, reflective, and responsive parent was all that mattered?
What if all parents started to focus on this most important job?
What kind of children would show up on the doorsteps of our schools?
What kind of children would be playing and participating on our rec. sports teams?
How would this affect the outcomes at school and sports and extra curriculars?
I believe that in the end kids would do better on their AP exams, be more likely to get good grades, do better on the soccer field and succeed in all those things we mentioned above if they could just learn to behave.