Debbie Ford is a spiritual author that I follow. You might remember my naked post during which time I was following her Consciousness Cleanse. Recently, she posted a question that I think is so relevant with regard to my mission as a parent.
"Are you living your parents beliefs? You have the right to choose your future. And if you're a parent, what can you do to empower your child to choose their own path and follow their own beliefs?"
That very same week, my youngest daughter started a conversation about religion. She was asking me a little bit about atheists and then about christians and what the difference was with what their beliefs were. She then said this: "What are we?"
I said to her, "Well I will tell you what I believe and why because I think it's important for you to know...but you are separate from me and it is not up to me to tell you what you should believe. You will have your own ideas about what is true to your heart and what makes sense to your soul as you learn about life along the way."
How interesting that our kids naturally think that they need to be whatever we are....what we want them to be. I think the most crucial thing we can do for our kids is support and empower themto discover who they are ....and mostly ...remind them often that they are the stars of their very own story.
Check out this beautiful video essay for the very same kind of inspiration about motherhood. It's geared towards raising girls...but the message rings true for boys just as well. xo