I have the most awesome kids in the world! The back of my suburban Mom car is covered with honor roll stickers.
On someone else’s car this week I saw a sticker that said, “Your kid may be a star student but you drive like an idiot”. That really made me laugh.
Then I read the essay by Glennon Melton below and it got me thinking.
What am I bragging about my kids for? What is that teaching them about what’s important in life? Do they feel that their “success” is necessary for my love? Am I only proud of them when they make straight A’s? (Of course not, but do I communicate that?) How can I value their CHARACTER more than their success? How can I help them develop (and value) things like perseverance, empathy, compassion, and kindness? How can I weed out pride and the pervasive trait of self-absorption while still encouraging them to do their very best?
Parents, read this – it’ll make you think.
How do we teach them that character is MUCH more important than their “success”?