Wednesday, March 09, 2011

A quote for parents

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There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings. ~ Hodding Carter

I came across this parenting quote today. I find it very true and accurate.

I think most of us are good at cultivating the roots. It is the "wings" part that is hard. You have to teach your children to believe in themselves, then give them the freedom to reach for the sky. That is really not easy at all. You have to learn to let go even while you are nurturing the roots.

You have to let go at the gates of the kindergarten so you won't have a clingy kid and similarly you have to learn to let go at every stage of their life, toddler, preschool, teen and not only in adulthood.

One funny unrelated story to share. My nephew went and got himself a lip ring as soon as he was "released from the clutches of home" to study and live on his own for the very first time. My sister and I had a good laugh about that as the first sign of freedom and we both agreed that there will be more signs at the first taste of freedom the tighter your hold on your child.

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