Melissa talks often about the importance of being a person while also being a parent. We believe in having life outside of your children - friendships, hobbies, interests, etc. It’s never helpful for our kids to believe the sun rises and sets around them. We certainly want to communicate they are loved, enjoyed and valued, but never that they are the center of the universe.
We encourage parents not just to have outside interests, but to talk openly about those. Let kids see how excited you are to leave on date nights with your spouse. Talk at length about a new restaurant you discovered and enjoyed. Share stories and photos from a recent weekend trip with friends. If you are training for a half marathon or taking an art class, talk openly about those experiences. You are creating opportunities for kids to develop valuable relational skills in listening to your interests and asking questions around them... Continue ReadingRead More