“Be-4 Rules of Parenting”

If you do nothing else, Be this for your kids:

•Be heroic-Take every opportunity you have to be a hero to your kids. When they cry out, comfort them, when they strike out, encourage them, when they burn out, inspire them, that’s your job, they’re you, and no one will ever be able to connect with them the way that you do.

•Be present in their world every day, even if it’s just for a moment. Listen carefully to their vibe when they talk, and their heart when they don’t. Pay attention to their world no matter how hard yours gets.

•Be Love- release mainstream myths about parenting, because you can’t spoil your kids by loving them too much. Be yourself and make that mean something, because their first definition of love will always revolve around you.

•Be extra. Take too many pictures, ask too many questions, create elaborate themed birthday parties, and force them to wear costumes that match you on Halloween. The world is extra and has an impact on who they become, but it’s because of you that they’ll never forget who they already are.

I wrote this one day about a year ago when I felt alone. I was making breakfast for my daughter, consumed with how awful this path can be. It helped to ground my focus and snap out of that field.

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