Sunday, October 23, 2011

My Job as a Parent

"I realize my job as a parent is to parent myself out of a job. I know I need to teach values, lead by example, and give my kids opportunities to think for themselves so they can make their own decisions and mistakes and grow from them. And hopefully by the time they've gathered and digested all of this information they'll be perfectly capable and functioning people. On paper this all makes perfect sense, but when you're in the trenches it's a lot more difficult, because letting go of the reins means giving up control; and without control I no longer can determine outcomes, even though I intuitively know that trying to control anything is an illusion."

Saelen Ghose | "Parenting at Halloween" | The Milford Daily News