I just saw a viral video of a man with his young daughter doing their morning ritual of looking into a mirror and repeating positive affirmations.
In the accompanying article, this man states, "My dad did this with me in the mirror as well, which I believe has helped make me more confident and positive."
This is a true testament to how good parenting gets passed down from one generation to the next.
I wasn't raised at all like this, so I don't inherently possess the tools to positively and effectively parent my own kids. While this man was given a road map and spotlight that shone from within, I was sent out into the world with a wonky compass and a flashlight with dead batteries.
Yes, we do the best with what we were given, yet what we were given sometimes sucks.
DON'T ACCEPT THIS.
I don't. Even though it is more of a struggle for me as a parent (and frankly, as a person) to do the right thing and say the right thing than it is for this man, and even though I may make way more mistakes than he does, I hope, aspire and persevere to do better, be better, and give my kids a better start in life than I was given.
There is nothing more important.