Children need unconditional love. They need to feel safe. When they feel safe, they are more likely to go out into the world and explore. They will be unafraid to take chances, and even mess up a time or two, because they know love will protect, cover and “never fail.”
Life is hard. We try to convince ourselves that one day, everything will fall into place just as we wish. We’ll no longer deal with the sting of disappointment. But, that is a day that never arrives. Friends let us down, we aren’t treated fairly, the promotion we know we deserve escapes us, and we are never fully recognized for the contribution we make to the world around us. And yes, even far worse tragedies happen in the world in which we live. The list of ways that life disappoints could fill this column 10 times over. I know I have grown more capable in dealing with these setbacks, but they still surprise and hurt.
Leadership begins at home. Until Mom and Dad choose to practice personal accountability in their lives, not much will change – anywhere. Parents who are leaders know this: Modeling is the most powerful of all teachers. Dads and moms who accept the mantle of home leadership accept that they – not sports stars, pop culture icons, or Hollywood celebrities – are the role models for their kids.
It seems to be the American way of today to always find what’s wrong in life. We have been trained to be critical and skeptical of everything and everyone. And if you are looking for what’s wrong, you are always sure to find it. We live in a world of conflict and disagreements on a national and political level. Yes, you can easily become a cynic about how the “world” is operating.