DAY 048 - Create Strong Children
My youngest son is becoming a man. He is excelling in some areas, while I must push him and direct him in others. He is about to be 17 and this is the most difficult stage of parenting that I have ever experienced. He is an artist like me. A creative that can sew a custom hoodie one morning, jump down six flights of steps on his skateboard that afternoon, and dance like he floats on clouds doing air flares that night at a breakin competition. I’m heading into the last year of high school with a young man that thinks he has life figured out, that struggles asking for help (unless its for money, he has no problems with that), and seems to want to figure the world out on his own. One thing that I have learned from my own father is that parenting never stops, even when it is difficult. As hard as it is, I do understand that “It is easier to create strong boys than to repair broken men.” So, the debates are real and about everything from the meaning of life to religion and how best to become an independent man. I am most proud of his resolve to create his own brand and grow it from the ground up. I worry about his ability to care about and excel in things that are not “fun” like chemistry, algebra, keeping a home clean and fighting to not be average. But that’s all me attempting to make him mirror my success. We recently discussed traditional college not being the only path to success. There are many, but a person absolutely must learn and cultivate a skill. It’s quite the challenge allowing enough space for them to tap into their own personal growth, while making sure that they avoid the pitfalls and distractions that life throws at them every single day.
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