In the midst of a pandemic I see fear almost everywhere I turn. From the grocery store isles with people backing away so others don’t get too close, to the salons with plastic shower curtains creating the great divide, the need for hope is apparent. This post isn’t about whether we should be firm in isolating our kids or allowing them to go on with life as if nothing is happening in this crazy world we live in. It is about looking at our perspective as parents.
Perspective is all about the lens we see life through. Let’s face it, if we have blue colored lenses, we see blue; if we look through green colored lenses we see green.
Our perspective is based on our values, our life experiences, and what our parents and teachers have taught us.
Are we living in fear?
Are we allowing our kids to be kids?
Are we so focused on their well-being and future success that we forget to laugh with them?
Are we so focused on what could happen, that we forget to savor the moments?
I ran across a post on a FaceBook page the other day and got permission from Jason Hartanov to share part of it. It’s one perspective on life as a parent.
TO THE KIDS WHO TP’D (toilet papered) MY HOUSE LAST NIGHT
–Thank you for restoring my hope in the youth
–Thank you for bringing fun in a way too serious world
–Thank you for finding a great use of the excess toilet paper people bought during Covid
–Thank you for allowing me to bring tolerance to an increasingly intolerant society
–Thank you for targeting my house because you like my daughters
–Thank you for making me smile and reminding me of the best days of my childhood
–Thank you for giving us all a break from the issues in this world
–Thank you for bringing light in the darkness
THANK YOU FOR BEING KIDS
THANK YOU FOR MODELING PLAY
THANK YOU FOR SHOWING CREATIVITY
THANK YOU FOR EMBRACING LIFE IS SHORT
KIDS–next time, ask me for more TP so we can fill in the gaps–the trees are too bare, the roof has little to no paper, and you left half-rolls sitting on the ground.
Ask me for help, so I can show you how to coordinate an attack and TP the right way.
EXCITED TODAY to clean up the mess and smile the whole time.
THANK YOU for spreading joy to me and my girls.
I applaud you.
My prayer is that as you read this you’ll take inventory of how you might have responded if your house had been TP’d. Go with your first gut reaction. What does it tell you about your parenting perspective?
Are you too serious?
Do you know how to have fun and play?
What color of lenses do you see the world?
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.
“Let go…and Let God”,
Do you wish you had a different perspective in your parenting? Are you looking for more fulfillment and joy in the life you live? What needs to change in your home? Email me if you’d like to know how to find a more abundant life as you parent. Perspective Coaching is all about helping parents of tweens, teens, and 20-somethings discover what might be missing as they parent. You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org