The other day, my kiddos were reminiscing about some of the great field trips we’ve been on over the years. Historical museums, a Native American center, the Science Museum, a fort, and so many more.
My boys talked about the time we went to an indoor rock climbing gym. Some of my kids tried rock climbing for the first time, while a couple cheered them on from the sidelines. I have to say, there was a range of emotions. Excitement. Anxiety. Fear. Trepidation. Pride.
As we were remembering and talking about it, I thought it seemed like a great analogy for what we are doing as parents.
Our kiddos are growing, climbing, stretching, reaching, and trying new things. But thankfully, they get to do it in the same fashion my kids got to do rock climbing. With a harness. With someone below holding the rope, assuring their safety. With someone offering guidance – reach to your left, put your foot on that hold. With someone cheering them on. With someone saying “You’ve got this!” And with someone to cheer them on and pick them back up if they didn’t succeed.
For many of our kiddos, their start in life was without a harness, without an assurance of safety. As we put those measures in place, they may not trust it. Some may even feel uncomfortable, too vulnerable. They may fight against it. But…with consistency, time, and commitment, they can begin to trust our safety net – and just imagine the new heights they will be able to reach!
So…keep on being your child’s safety net. His harness. His guide. His cheerer. His support.
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