By granty1977, Jul 18 2018 08:18AM
We are all powerful as parents.
We have been gifted with the very powerful position of creating and raising another human being. Someone with the potential to benefit society and even change the world.
Right now, you’ll never know the impact your child may have upon the planet but you can positively influence it!
Other people such as friends and teachers play an important role in our childrens lives but influencing our children is not something we want other people to take responsibility or credit for and certainly it’s not worth leaving to chance.
THE POWER IS ALREADY IN OUR HANDS.
Our children believe we have all the answers to everything in the universe.
As parents we can put the world to rights, over -come challenges, turn fear to love and kiss it all better when things go wrong.
Making us their heroes and they, like willing disciples are our number one fans. Putting us in the perfect position to teach them whatever we wish them to learn.
We are the first people they meet, love and trust, and the ones who provide for their every need. But are we really being the best role models that we possibly can be?
In reality we may not have all the answers or be perfect parents, but we can still be positive, influential role models for our children to follow
SO HOW ARE YOU INFLUENCING YOUR CHILD?
If you want to discover how you are influencing your child their behaviour may not be a good enough indicator, you could of course ask them for their opinion if they are old enough but the following exercise is more enlightening and fun.
• Close your eyes now and imagine what it is like to be your child. Visualise Stepping into their shoes or crawling in their nappies for a day and notice what it feels, sounds or looks like to be them?
• How do you think they feel being your child?
• What do you understand about yourself as a parent from their perspective?
• How do you see yourself influencing them emotionally, educationally, socially, physically, motivationally or spiritually? Are you a good role model to them in all these areas?
• If your child’s old enough to understand the question ‘How do they think you are as a role model?’ would you ask them?
• If not why not? What are you afraid they may or may not say?
A REWARDING RESPONSIBILITY
Carrying all of that influence and responsibility for someone else on our shoulders can be daunting sometimes.
Equally, it’s also very exciting and rewarding to be able to mould another person into a happy, healthy, and successful individual.
But first we must become the person we want our children to become and this requires ‘walking our talk’ which we’ll explore next time.
Until then Stay Present, the power is in your hands!