How to Accept Your Child For Who They Are
In this episode I talk about the reality that as our children grow into adulthood, they may “veer off” the path that we hoped for them. Have you ever worried about that? Have you thought about how you may feel if they turn out to be different than the person you want them to be? How would you handle it if you were to be disappointed about who they become?
- [4:25] We have a lot of influence in their early years.
- [5:51] Then there are the teenage years…
- [6:58] We want our children to be able to think for themselves, but we also don’t want them to make “bad” decisions.
- [8:39] What’s our long term vision for our relationship with our children?
- [10:30] We need to start accepting them for who they are.
- [12:36] What I mean by acceptance (and what it’s not).
- [16:35] How can we not only accept who they are today, but also who our children will become?
- [18:21] What are some of those things you think you wouldn’t be able to accept or tolerate?
- [19:49] Not accepting our children may result in losing our relationship with them.
- [23:38] Not accepting our children may cause them to lose relationship with themselves.
- [25:32] Let’s not let our own agenda for our children overpower our unconditional love for them.
- [27:12] Tolerance isn’t enough. We must accept, love, and celebrate who they are (and who they’re becoming).
- [29:30] The byproduct of this level of acceptance will be more influence.