Giving Our Children the Gifts of Freedom and Failure
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Let’s start with this premise: parenting is hard.
There is no roadmap, except the one left behind by our own parents, which so many of us try desperately to avoid.
There is no test of one’s qualifications, and if there were, who would administer it and set the standards? Would we measure intelligence? Aptitude? Compassion? Experiences? One’s moral compass? The subjectivity of the matter in question makes such a qualification nearly impossible to equitably construct, so we are resigned to the simple fact that it doesn’t take much for someone to actually become a parent. Parenting effectively is a different matter entirely.
With our need for perpetual learning and self-improvement, there is no shortage on parenting advice and tools these days, and well-intended parents, eager to craft the perfect experience for their children, are depriving them of two of life’s essentials: freedom and failure.
May 04, 2016