Deborah L. Tillman “American’s SuperNanny”
The best that we can do as parents is to realize that children come through you but they are not from you. Parenting is not making the child it is about raising the child. As much as we may or may not want to believe it, this next generation is going to be measured by what we did or did not do. What we do today as parents will matter tomorrow.
So who are we and how are we parenting? Many of us are suffering from IDD (INTENTION) deficit disorder. Are we intentional about the choices we make in raising our children? How do we parent in front of people and in private? Are you the same person or are you trying to be someone else? I will tell you that the original you are worth more than the copy and the more we become self aware and authentic the easier it will be to effectively parent our children.
It is a travesty that children are being neglected rather than nurtured, abused rather than attended to criticize rather than connected with and we have the power to do something about it.
We have the power to change our households, our schools and ourselves so that our children will look at us and want to be better because it is difficult for children to BE what they cannot SEE. Parents have the power to make the crooked places straight the dark – light and the wrong – right. We have the power to change one life and that one life might just change the world.
But we must believe we can. We may not be able to fix all the problems in the world, but we can fix our homes and help our teachers by raising our children instead of expecting them to.
If one person can try 5000 times before inventing the light bulb if 2 brothers can discover how to fly planes if one woman can chose to not get out of her seat and ignite the fire in the entire civil rights movement. If one man can say no to violence and have a dream and that dream evoke the consciousness of the entire world.
Certainly, we can all come together and stand in our parenting power and say no more to teen suicide, no more to teen pregnancy, no more to seeing our boys in boxes and our girls in the grave too soon
No more to school drop outs
No more to violence in our communities
No more to the school to prison pipeline
No more to dreams deferred
No more to disrespectful children
No more to disobedience
If we stood up and said NO MORE and meant it not just for the child we birthed but for all of God’s children we really could be the change we want to see in the world.
Let’s do it!
Digital Edition August/September 2016