Parents are sometimes in denial on who their child will grow up to be. As a teacher, I would often want to say to them: “Parents…don’t you see the writing on the wall?” Actually, I did not say those actual words and they were not meant literally at all. I wanted the parents to get to truly know their child, to appreciate their child’s individuality, to be realistic about their child’s talents and to attempt to support their child thru the ups and downs of growing up. Parents need to lead their child along a path of self discovery.
What a tall order for a young parent of an early elementary age child! With each year, it seems to get more difficult to truly know your child…to let them know that you are actually “there” for them. Today your child is five or six years old…in what seems like a year or two…you are looking at a grown up replica of that five or six year old.
You simply do not have time for denial about your child! You simply do not have time for denial about your child’s personal weaknesses and strengths!
Just recently, I happened upon a children’s book that will hopefully encourage children and their parents during the early developmental years…
The Wonderful Things You Will Be
Written by Emily Winfield Martin
And then I’ll look at you and you’ll
look at me and I’ll love you, whoever
you’ve grown up to be.