POWER OF PARENTING
As with any important undertaking, it’s best to begin by imagining what a successful outcome will look like. My friend and parenting mentor, Evelyn Longsworth, once shared an excellent analogy with me about raising children: LEARN MORE
The main responsibility of every parent is to successfully set each child up to excel in life with the skills, knowledge, education and life skills necessary to be independent.
“Look at it this way,” she said. “Imagine that, in 18 years, you wouldn’t be around. If you knew you couldn’t be there for them and protect them after 18 years, how would you raise your children differently? You’d be firm but fair with them; you’d be loving, but you’d want to make sure they were set up for success. You’d want them to know what they were doing and how to handle things in life.” The age of 18 is a good target goal for many different reasons. By that age, your children are adults, at least in the eyes of the law and society. You can’t protect them as much after that age, because they are their own people, with their own outlooks, resources, rights and responsibilities.