Strong, not fragile.
Life is difficult. Our goal as parents is not to make life easy for our kids; that leads to fragility. Our goal is to make our kids strong. Kids with inner strength are more likely to find hope in the midst of despair, draw truth out of confusion, and experience purpose instead of powerlessness. When our kids are strong, they have endurance to travel the often bumpy road of life.
Responsible, not self-absorbed.
No one is an island. While a strong sense of self is important, we must also teach our kids that they are part of a family and a community. With that blessing of belonging comes the responsibility to do right by those around them. When our kids are responsible, they acknowledge that their actions have a ripple effect and that they are accountable to those who join them on the road.
Precious, not perfect.
Our kids will never be perfect, but they will always be worthy of love. When our kids know they are loved, their worth is secure. Love allows them to make mistakes and still hold their heads high. It affords them the safety to be curious and the grace to be compassionate toward themselves and others. When our kids are loved, they know they can stumble on the road and not be abandoned.
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