My kids surprise me sometimes. Just when I expect they’re going to forget to follow through, just when I am certain they’ll forget some important detail, just when I think they’re not paying a bit of attention, they blow me away by acting like adults. And it’s easier for them to act like adults, when I treat them that way. If I keep nagging, keep reminding, keep doing things for them, it sends the message that I don’t think they’re capable.
Since our goal in parenting has always been (theoretically) to get our children to become responsible adults, letting them practice that now seems like a grown-up thing for ME to do.Filed under independence | Comment (0)