I recently took my grandson to see the movie ‘Rise of the Guardians.’ I enjoyed watching him as he cheered for the “good guys.” It is so important that we allow our children to “believe” in something. Most of all, we hope they will believe in us. Are we harming our children by allowing them to believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth fairy? Is the let down too much for them to handle later? I don’t think so. The excitement that these characters bring and the joy in the children’s face overrides what may or may not happen later. It is all a part of growing up.
Did you believe as a child? What do you believe in now as an adult? Do you believe that if you work hard there will be a payoff somewhere down the line? Do you believe that if you parent your children effectively they will turn out to be respectable adults? Do you believe that teachers are responsible for teaching your children life skills? (~not!) Do you believe that if you ignore situations that they will go away?
I believe that our actions, our every move, are being watched by our children. There is a saying “Believe and you shall achieve.” Are you an example of this? Stop a minute and think about what you believe in. Are there some changes that you need to make? Write your beliefs down – see them on paper – and then decide what it is that you want to continue doing and what needs to change. The change you make today will affect your child’s beliefs in the future.
What do you believe in?