“I just want my children to be happy.” How many times have I heard parents say this? The proclamation comes off as if it is wise and understanding.
But it gets worse!
There’s the addition, “Know what I mean?”
Look if you are saying you don’t want your children to grow up and be miserable… well, then, of course I know what you mean. What parent does?
But if you mean something like my only wish for my children is for them to be happy – then, no I don’t know what you mean. In fact, I don’t even believe you. I’m sure you want more than mere happiness for your child.
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Love that perspective and agree 100%! There is more, so much more in life!
Definitely is Kate!
Wonderful post, Larry. I agree and wish all parents would want these things for their children.
Thanks Carrie. I appreciate it.
Another insightful piece. I so admire your wisdom.
Of course I want my stepkids to be happy, but one of the most important things I want is for them to think for themselves. Sometimes that will not make other people happy, and I want them to be okay with that if they are doing the right thing.
Love it! Independent thinking is vital.