By Steve Goodier
Did you know that the gestation period for an
elephant is 22 months? And then, she will give birth to a bundle of joy that
weighs 150-250 pounds? The fact that we're not elephants reminds me that we
always have something to be thankful for!
Growth takes time. That is
true of humans as well as elephants. I attended a parent-teacher conference
for my second-grade son. We sat in the children’s chairs. They were about two
feet tall and certainly not made for adults! Those chairs were designed for
little people. But we grow up. And that growth takes time.
We not only
grow physically, but we grow in other ways, too. We grow in our roles. I
occasionally asked my adolescent kids, “How do you think you’re doing raising
your parents?” I understood I would become a better parent as I grew into
Sometimes growth in parenting involves the understanding that
we don't know as much as we thought we did! Before my wife and I had
children we taught parenting classes. We knew all of the fundamentals
of raising happy and well-behaved children. Now, after raising my
own children, I am sometimes asked about parenting issues. This
often occurs when I am teaching a class on a different topic. My
response these days is to turn to the group and ask, “Does anyone here have
As I grew into my parenting role, I realized that my
simple answers did not fit every situation...or every child. I threw out
the easy answers and learned to assess every parenting issue individually.
I tried to learn from my failures, to trust my instincts and to respond more
often from my best self.
I have come a long way, but have a long way yet
to grow. And that is true not only of parenting, but of all areas of my
If you're not yet the person you want to be, can you be patient as
you grow? Even the mightiest tree began as a frail seed. Will you merely
go through life? Or will you GROW through life?
Today...let yourself grow
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