Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Living Authentically & Parenting

"Children need parents who live honestly and with commitment to their values. Parents have a chance to be exemplars and model what they want their children to learn and live. This is an invitation and opportunity, and for many it is a powerful incentive to get clear about what has purpose and meaning for them and to do their best to live in harmony with it."

"To live authentically, clarity about what is important and true for you, is the goal – not perfection. Giving up the ideal of being a perfect parent can be a huge relief. Then, when you blow it and do things that don't match your values – as you will – you won't spiral down into self-condemnation but will be able to enjoy the opportunity to be honest with your children and let them learn what honesty looks like and sounds like. And because you aren't expecting perfection from yourself, you will be less likely to accept it from your children."

_Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids_
by Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson

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