Parenthood …. filled with moments of pride as your kids reach new milestones, show integrity, get awesome grades, and learn to experience all life has to offer.
With parenting, comes teaching character building; relationship building, integrity, honesty, modesty, respect for self as well as others, and so much more. At times, this parenting spills over to the friends of my kids when they are at my home. It is also my responsibility, as I see it, to let the parents of my kids’ friends know I spoke with their children. Always it is the responsibility of the parents to follow up on that discussion.
I am so blessed to be in a neighborhood filled with so many parents who feel the same about raising their children, that moments of discord amongst kids are teaching opportunities to help everyone do better in future situations. Of course, there always seems to be one parent or set of parents who don’t feel the same. I know of one such set of parents.
A situation where a 10 year old daughter was disrespectful to my 5 and 7 year old kids, at my house, I’d just had it with her escalating disrespect. Very calmly I let the mother know what happened. To which the mother chose to tell me She Doesn’t DO “Kid Drama” and She Doesn’t CARE what her kids do! AND, to Not tell her about things her kids do that are completely ‘irrelevant’ to me.
Let me break this down … Kids being disrespectful to others = Kid Drama to this mother.
“I don’t CARE WHAT MY KIDS DO” = a mother who is not interested in taking the opportunities life gives her to help her children be better in life and herself be a better parent. And, this mother thinking her kids being disrespectful to my kids is IRRELEVANT to ME is a parent who doesn’t see the BIG PICTURE.
Well. To say the least, I was a bit shaken up as she not only said those words but spoke as though she were at a truck stop!
My kids asked what happened!! I let them know that Ms Mother did not care to know what her kids do. Seeing I was upset by this discussion with the other parent, they proceeded to say they don’t like her and don’t like her kids anymore!! They won’t EVER invite them to play! They will tell them they CAN’T PLAY HERE!
I sat down with them to explain that it is in this time, it is MOST important to open our hearts to give warmth and forgiveness. While we don’t have to invite them into our home and bring in their negative energy, we won’t turn them away, we will use courtesy and respect and radiate our positive energy towards them. They fully understood this.
Since then (just a short week ago), I have found that my heart grows bigger and my perspective to the negative energy of others gives ME reflective moments to learn to be a better person, a person of high integrity.
When you find yourself in a negative situation, take from it the positive light hidden behind it. All darkness is overshadowed when light shines down onto it.
“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude. ” ~Dennis S. Brown
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