There are parents who endorse children for their actions (getting all A's or scoring the most points), but I am learning that we need to endorse our children for just being. They shouldn't have to prove their worthiness by their accomplishments. As we let go of grandiose expectations from our children, let's shift to acceptance of who they are and respect their emerging paths. By doing this, consciousness can begin to spring forward. We quit expecting our children to be cookie-cutters of ourselves and quit parenting in the same manner that we were parented. We become spiritual partners with our children as we journey this world together. To realize that our children can teach us as much or more than we can teach them requires identifying with our authentic selves and not with our artificial selves. To me, this matter of parent-child role reversal to empower our children is extremely intriguing.
-- Lynn (parent of 30-something year old children and grandparent of ages 16, 5, and 1)
After reading chapter 2 I realize that when I have children (whenever that day maybe). I must free myself of past influences or anything that might hinder my child's spirit. I want my child to blossom into their own authentic being and not a spitting image of myself.
-- Ashia (manager of Wishing Tree)
While reading chapter 2 I identified with "The same pain you endured in your childhood, passing on the pain that has been handed down for generations." My father has already expressed that he has experienced some of the pain that I hope to spare my own children one day.
--Angela (artistic genius of Wishing Tree)
Chapter 2 was very much a reminder that this is a journey that I welcome as I grow with my children.
-- Mary (parent of ages 7 and 5)