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Parenting is like builiding a boat

October 18, 2013

Here’s a great idea…
In his book, The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting, Laurence Steinberg says,
“Being a parent is a lot like building a boat that you’ll eventually launch. The building process is gratifying, but so is launching the boat and seeing that what you’ve built can handle the seas.” (p. 85)

In other words…
For most parents it is painful to send children into the world. We miss them. We worry about them. Yet we can take deep satisfaction in watching them navigate on their own. They will make mistakes—however we will still be available to help them along the way. We may be surprised at all they can do.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life. . .
Applaud your child as he or she develops new skills throughout life such as choosing an outfit and getting dressed, keeping a school assignment calendar, creating a science fair poster, learning to drive, or being hired for their first job.  Give your child many opportunities to make decisions within reasonable bounds. The child’s many accomplishments will prepare him or her to be an independent, competent adult who will, to your satisfaction, be able to navigate the adult world.

To find out more…
about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey, Getting Our Hearts Right, or See the World Through My Eyes programs, like us on Facebook or contact your local county Extension agent. You might also enjoy reading The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting.

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