“The greatest gift we can give our kids is the person we help them become” KidStrong Mission Statement
As a parent, it’s hard to watch your child struggle with something. It’s hard to sit on the sidelines and know that you could make things easier for them. It’s easier to tie their shoes than to teach them how to tie their own shoes. It’s easier to always let them eat whatever they want instead of developing healthy eating habits. It’s easier to avoid situations where they have to be on their own instead of pushing through and helping them develop independence.
But, it’s only easier now.
Later, it will be hard for them. It will be hard when they don’t understand why they can’t function without their parents by their side. It will be hard when they don’t understand why all of a sudden the world doesn’t seem fair. It will be hard when they don’t have the tools to navigate life on their own.
I know it’s hard, but we’re trying to make life better later - a life they have built for themselves. We’re teaching them to be self-reliant and independent. We’re giving them the tools to slay their own dragons. Let’s be a little more Yoda and a little less personal assistant.