“Seven things children need to hear: I love you, I’m proud of you, I’m sorry, I forgive you, I’m listening, This is your responsibility, You have what it takes.” -Josh Shipp
Perhaps our childhood wasn’t perfect before, but this is how we can change the world now, starting with our own children:
“My child: I love you! I’m so proud of you! I’m sorry that I haven’t been the best parent…, and I forgive you for not always being good! I’m listening now: what troubles you? Oh!? That is a hard one, but this is your responsibility. I know you can do it, because I know you have what it takes.”
Did you catch how we can show true, heartfelt love and admiration for our children? We can be open and transparent in our inevitable failures, and we can extend grace to them in theirs. It is then that we can foster real trust and wonderful relationships, becoming their confidant, and giving them our wiser counsel, knowing that they will take it to heart.
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About the Art:
William-Adolphe Bougeureau – “The Young Seamstress” – 1898