I’ve always heard the people parent the way they were parented. so people who have good grandparents have a leg up.
Personally I believe that no matter how bad your parents are, each generation attempts to improve and most succeed.
The thing is nobody starting off in the same place from the same standardized even starting point because it all depends on what your parents gave you.
The other thought, there’s so many variables involved in parenting that even an individual parent isn’t starting from an even starting line.
My son was about to go out for a run.
“Do you have your ID?”
“Don’t have your music too loud. Just wear one ear bud”
Now I am mad because some white mothers get to just be happy that their kid is healthy and active.
I gotta stress about him surviving the run because he is a 20something Black Man.
“Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind.
The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.” – Marva Collins
I wake and think of you and am thankful. The longest life is too short and we all have so many dreams. I wish you laughter in the face of dispair and courage in the face of opposition. I wish you special connections with special people that take your breath away and make you acknowlegde the divine. I wish you every simple pleasure and every complex thought. May your wings grow strong and support you as you soar to unimanged heights. May your roots grow stronger and support you against the trial and tribulations of life. May your voice be clear and strong as you express your hearts desire. May love and forgiveness – for yourself and others, be ever present that you may move ever forward.
The first book you read that caused you to loose track of time and space? That you were sad to finish? You still think of the characters as friends?
Have you shared this with your kids? Students? Partner?