â¢ Courage â We need to be brave. We need to stop overprotecting our kids. We need to stop micromanaging everything to create a perfect world for them. Children need all kinds of experiences to grow into resilient compassionate people. Accepting that can reduce our stress considerably.
â¢ Curiosity â We need to be open and curious about our children. Instead of forcing them to fit the narrow mould of who we expect them to be â we must allow them to show us how diverse the world is and grow into more inclusive and loving human beings.
â¢ Connection â We need to pause so that we can connect. The problem with modern day living is that we feel compelled to constantly work towards awards and accolades. And this makes us lose connection with our children. But the real reward from parenting is the relationship we build with our children. And for that we need to stop doing and start âbeingâ.
â¢ Communication â We need to realize that parenting is not about shutting children down and turning them into obedient puppets. We must start listening to understand. And speaking â to help them discover how to think for themselves.
â¢ Collaboration â We need to stop thinking of parenting as a series of never-ending chores. Instead of doing everything for our children â we need to trust them and teach them to join us to share the load.