“I want to wear a fancy dress today Mommy… I’m pretty that way”.
“You are pretty no matter what you wear, but today we are going to the splash pad so why don’t you wear your bathing suit and some shorts”?
She opposed. And my sensitive 3 1/2 year old breaks out in tears.
We end up compromising on a sundress. I met her half way.
I wake up each day and seem to grow into my role as a parent a little bit more. And while I am constantly perfecting things and tweaking my technique a tad, one thing remains the same. I want to raise a leader. I want to raise the girl that paves the road and sets the trends. The one that isn’t afraid to speak up for what she believes in. The one that always holds her head high. And while Landyn is still little, I have found this to be a common theme in my parenting.
While a part of me wanted to encourage her sense of individualism and let her wear her black lace dress that did not suit the day’s events whatsoever, the other part of me knew she needed guidance. I want her opinion to be validated and her true colors to always shine, but I also know her 3 year old self isn’t always the most sensible and she constantly needs direction. Every day we are molding our children into leaders by fostering what makes them uniquely them. Some of the best leaders? I guarantee were molded on a foundation of guidance.
Sometimes it takes us watching, reading, or listening to something for a chord to be sparked. For our own approach to be fine-tuned. I recently got the opportunity to team up with BlogHer and Disney and viewed Disney’s new trailer for “Planes,” their new movie coming to theaters August 9. I got to learn about the different characters in this new film and the unique attributes each one brought to the table. It really got me thinking about my own parenting technique and reminded me that there is no right or wrong way to parent. We all have different approaches but the end result is usually teaching our children how to reach their dreams and have courage. I really found myself relating to the character “Chug” when it comes to my parenting style. He’s your biggest fan. He strives for greatness while having a big and lovable, sometimes soft heart. Like “Chug”, I will always support my children’s dreams and teach them the tools to carry along the way. I will be their guide until they have the ability to spread their wings with courage and take flight. I love how Disney not only teaches our children valuable lessons, but they put things in perspective for the parents as well.
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