If you don’t, then maybe you have nieces, nephews, godchildren.
Whichever you’ve got, there’s something you should know …
These young people watch every move you make. They hear and take in every word you say. Even when you think they’re not looking or listening.
Their brains work diligently to create models of your patterns, your actions, and most consequentially, your standards.
Like I wrote to you last week, we’re all contagious.
When young people see their parents, uncles, and aunts settling for less, not taking responsibility, and/or blaming others for how their lives are turning out, these highly contagious mind-viruses are transmitted from adult to child, from one generation to the next. Caught.
On today’s episode of QOD, Ed Mylett calls out one of the most common (and subtle) forms of child neglect — a parent who is not pursuing their potential and their dreams.
I can’t say I disagree.
I know a lot of parents who are pursuing their dreams. Meanwhile, their children’s brains are creating pathways that mirror those optimistic pursuits and high standards.
But I also know parents who repeatedly tell their children about how “oppressed” they are, and what they can and can’t do because of their race or gender. I see no better way to raise hopeless humans.
Yeah, I don’t have any kids of my own. So no need to comment below and remind me of that. Believe me, I’m aware. But I don’t have to be a parent or a child psychologist to know that what an individual catches in childhood will determine much of his or her adult life.
It’s important to check in every once in a while and ask ourselves what our children, nephews, and nieces are catching from us — hopefulness or helplessness?
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