Archive for March 9th, 2009

Protect Your Children . . . But Not Too Much

March 9, 2009

flying-angel-rescuing-childWe pray for our children and loved ones to live easy, uncomplicated, happy lives. We may be doing them a disservice.

We serve our children better by praying that the hardships they do endure make them stronger, wiser, and better equipped to share their unique gifts with the world.

Just as the universe treats all of God’s children with loving detachment, so must we guide and support our children while recognizing that “rescuing” them from difficulties can thwart the maturation process and prevent them from learning vital life lessons.

Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Indeed, we may inadvertently be creating an endless loop of dependence and entitlement that (more…)