Be a Better Parent
Today's message goes out to all the parents reading this blog.
I'm going to be blunt, and I'm going to cut to the chase—don't mess up your child.
Don't be the reason your child suffers, and don't allow yourself to make mistakes. If you have a child or are planning to have children, I need you to understand something that's crucial to the whole world's livelihood: Your choices will become your child's consequences.
Your decisions will help shape your child's destiny, so don't let your broken life break someone else's down, as well. Don't let your trauma traumatize your children, and don't let your needs make you forget how much your kids need you. Please let the things you could never heal from become the foundation of your child's life, and above all, show up.
Don't let your lack of presence hold your kid's life back. Your son or daughter deserves better than to spend their entire adulthood trying to recover from their childhood. Don't give your children broken tools to build their futures with, and don't let your setbacks destroy any chance at the environment of love your kid deserves. Your child deserves better than pain, and your child deserves support instead of dysfunction. Your child deserves an inspiration instead of limitation, and your home should be the place they feel safe, not worthless.
Home shouldn't be the place your child's dreams die—it should be the place that their visions come alive. Home should be a place your kid feels worthy, and if you were never fortunate enough to receive a household like that in your own childhood, too bad—you owe it to your child to break the cycle.
I'm very passionate about today's message, because we were all children once. A child's worldview starts with what they see in their parents, and how you live your life now will set the tone for how your child lives theirs.
It's easier to build strong children than it is to build broken adults. If you can be a positive example instead of a negative influence, you will raise someone truly incredible and capable. If you can give your child a roadmap instead of being their roadblock, you'll be setting them up for success. Your words should build your child up—not break them down.
We've all been through struggles and hardships, and some of us were unlucky enough to be born into cycles of pain. Let me ask you something—who is the parent you deserved? Did you get all the love you needed?
It's time to break the cycle of pain and trauma and give every ounce of love you needed to your children. The future is made of our kids, and being a parent is the single most important job there is today.
It all starts with you.