I was listening to a podcast episode with Oprah recently and heard this... In life, the only thing we can do is "Prepare and Respond." Ahhh - how true! It got me thinking about what I have heard most parents say they want for their kids, and it comes down to this as well. We want to prepare our kids so they can respond independently and in the right way as life unfolds for them. "Respond in the right way" - meaning responding in a way that is:
Authentic and true to who they are
Aligned with their values
We want them to know that they have agency over their life. Agency being:
the sense of control that you feel in your life
your capacity to influence your own thoughts and behavior
faith in your ability to handle a wide range of tasks and situations
I thought YES this is exactly why we do what we do. But it's hard to do this if we don't take the time to pause and reflect on our experiences and emotions, consistently and intentionally. We can't architect and control how our kids lives will go but we can prepare them and help them respond. In order to prepare them, we must help them prioritize and discover their "Inner Strength" through self-love, noticing their emotions, positive self-talk, listening to their Inner Voice, reflecting. What do you plan to do this year to help your kids build Inner Strength? It can be through journalling, meditation, conversations, reading books, listening to podcasts, etc. We would love to hear your thoughts. Not sure where to start? Reach out and we will send over some recommendations.