Parenting Teens & Tweens, Day 21
Mary Jane was the first person I ever hired, and I vividly recall her response to my question about her greatest accomplishment:
“Raising my two sons to be responsible adults, both out of college with meaningful careers, considerate of and generous to others, and one now married and expecting his first baby.”
It wasn’t the rehearsed answer I anticipated, and it set her apart from the other less mature applicants. Like two strangers at a wedding, it was an exchange that began constructing a framework for my parenting philosophy when my babies were merely eye twinkles:
I now knew my end game.
You don’t raise your little children to become bigger children, you raise them to become adults. I’d wager the majority of parents agree with that sentiment, but realizing it early on and allowing it to inform how you parent is key.
There’s a constant parenting push and pull—eagerly anticipating and celebrating markers and milestones, while resisting time’s swift flight.
Focusing on the bulls eye makes a difference in hitting the target.
Please make the jump to continue reading "What's your definition of successful parenting," Day 21 in my parenting series and my recent column over at Simple Mom. Then be sure to share your thoughts about this notion of "successful parenting."