Most parents want the best for their kids, but sometimes our culture can sweep us up into its priorities. Author Marybeth Hicks says there’s one thing we need to make sure takes precedence.
We think that we’re doing the best by our kids if we can get them into better schools or we can give them opportunities for enrichment. We get a little bit consumed with trappings of what looks to be a really great life for our kids, instead we don’t spend enough time on their moral development. Their character. It’s amazing to me that when you ask somebody “Tell me about your kids”, they really tell you about their accomplishments and not about their character. I want to know that we as parents are so focused that we know what they need in their character.
Hicks says just like there were for us, there will be awkward times for our kids, but there are ways to help them. More in her book Teachable Moments.