Friday, January 13, 2012

Letting it go...

This post was inspired by this article, which I saw earlier in the week.

olivia and I have talked often about what we would do if the girls, despite our best efforts as parents, ended up engaged in activities or a lifestyle we were uncomfortable with. This includes, but is not limited to, choices that might not be so bad per se but maybe just not what we would hope for or prefer for them. The resolution we always seem to come back to is that as long as they are happy and not breaking the law or harming others (ie drugs, crime, violence) we will have to accept their choices despite our own feelings about them. In my house growing up, there was a wall hanging that said "There are two things we can give our children: one is roots, the other is wings." Acceptance is a large part of a loving relationship. I know one day we will have to let go of the expectations and dreams we have for our children's lives and let them chase their own.

I am glad we have time to work up to this, the thought right now is just too much.
What is your worst fear for your children and how would you handle it?


  1. I think the same way as you two- it's more important for me to make sure that my kids are happy versus making sure they have high paying jobs or whatever. The best thing that you can do as a parent is to tell your kids to follow their dreams.

    You and Olivia are doing such an amazing job of taking care and raising your children :)

  2. "tell your kids to follow their dreams."
    Great advice for anyone, not just kids.

    Thanks for your comments.