Have your children ever put you in your place- your parenting place? Made you feel like you should pay closer attention to their actions and their concerns? If they have, it's perfectly normal! Doesn't mean you're a terrible parent, it means that you're open to seeing things about them and about life in a new way.
Seeing things in a new way can be hard for many of us. For example, seeing and accepting that my daughter is 18 has been a bit of a challenge. I kinda miss my little girl, but she reminds me that I've done my job decent enough to where I can trust that she is making appropriate decisions at a high percentage of the time. But my urge to correct and guide her continues- almost to a fault because it can sometimes create a wall between us! That is the last thing that I would want and I know that I must allow her to explore her world even more without me being to fast to intervene. I must Allow her to make her own choices and for her to accept the consequences. I must Allow her to come to me on her own for suggestions and I must be patient enough to bite my lip when I have an opinion about something.
Jasmine helped me understand that even though I've had a huge influence in her life, that there were things that made her heart and soul light up, even if they were things that I didn't agree with as long as they were legal! So very true- why would I impose my passions on to her?
"Life is about finding your own passions and pursuing those passions because it is why you were chosen to be here in this vast Universe for!" Is what she said to me. "Isn't that what you teach dad?" How could I argue with that? I am so proud of my Jasmine, she brings The best out of me- always has and always will!
Take a closer listen to what your children are trying to say to you by their words and actions! There is a magnificnece about them when they love you enough to let you know that we aren't always right! It's never been about being right or wrong and it never will be. It's about the value you feel inside because of the gift of the relationship itself! And remember, this can apply to a daughter, son, nephew, niece, grandchild, foster child, a friend's child, or a student you teach etc. etc.
With that said, "Put a little MaxPower into your life!"