There is a fine line between overprotecting our children and preparing them for life. As parents, we want to protect our children from harm and dangerous situations. In fact, that is our duty and responsibility. But if we encase them in a bubble, instilling fear of every situation, then we damage their ability to experience the joys and disappointments of life.
Our children need to fail under our wings so we can teach them to fly. We need to instruct them how to protect themselves, by giving them the self-confidence to meet the situations they encounter. It’s a really difficult balance, determining how to navigate this journey with our children. But it can be done successfully when our sole goal is to create kind, confident, self-sufficient individuals, and allow them to grow and flourish into their own personality.
The best example they have is in us…the parents. We need to mirror the actions we desire in our children. It’s not easy, but completely worth the effort. We must never try to raise “mini mes” living out our desires through them. Our parental obligation is grounding them in the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” and that includes how they treat themselves.
When we can instill compassion and self-worth in our child, then we’ve helped to create someone who is kind and self-confident. What an awesome gift to give to our children—the security and freedom to become who they were created to be!