It’s tempting as a parent to bulldoze every obstacle your child faces in life. It definitely seems counterintuitive to purposely put obstacles in their way. But that’s exactly what kids need: challenge.
Kids need to know that they can push themselves, that they are capable of doing so much more than they realize, that they are strong and resilient. They need to learn to find their inner strength, their courage.
As a parent, you ARE a role model for your kids. If you want them to push themselves, you need to push yourself. If you want them to face adversity, you need to face adversity. If you want them to find their courage, you need to show them yours.
It starts with small steps.
For us, it was a family hike up to the top of a mountain where along the way, we faced (small) challenges as a family, like finding the hidden trail markers, struggling over tangled roots and stumps, improvising a boot repair, and persevering to the very end when our muscles screamed, “No way! No more steps!”
What I want my daughter to know is that she can draw strength from those sweaty moments of struggle, from the butterflies her stomach got from looking over the edge, from the last kilometer of hiking that her muscles didn’t want to do. I want her to know that she is capable of anything.
All it takes is putting one foot in front of the other…over and over and over again. But it’s always worth the spectacular view at the end. Watch this video and tell me if you agree (wait until the end to get the panoramic view from the top):
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