Saturday, November 24, 2007

Being there

As parents we do nothing more important than Being There. Being There means being available if needed and then if the need is there to hold out our hand to steady the child.

Make no mistake, Being there is not easy. It requires Sacrifice, Patience, Generosity, Humility and a host of other qualities that we did not even know that we possessed or needed.

Children bring themselves up and we delude ourselves that we can in any way shape their future except by being role models, good or bad. Being Coach, Mentor, Business Manager, passers-on of our values and prejudices has some impact but way less than we give ourselves credit or blame for.

PS I say this after trying to be there for 34 years for my children. A few years ago my last child left the house and another chapter came to a close.


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