What happens when we stop looking at our son’s limitations, and start seeing him as whole and complete?
“Mom, I’m not broken.” That’s what my son told me when a couple of years ago. I was overly concerned with how he was not being social and he wanted to let me know that he didn’t need me to fix him. He needed me to accept him. As much as I wanted my son to “be himself”, there were times it seemed that I didn’t accept him. When he addressed this with me, I realized that I focused on what was wrong with my son instead of being grateful for what was right with him.
Your son is not a DIY project or piece of equipment that requires professional servicing. As parents, sometimes our view of our sons are limited and narrow, that we focus on the areas that need improvement instead of looking at the whole child.
Yes, children need discipline and guidance but it shouldn’t be our focal point. We see the minor imperfections and before you know it, we’re embarking on a mission to fix what we think needs to be corrected. We look so closely at his weaknesses, that we neglect his strengths. Your son is not going to live his life exactly as you wish. He’s going to take risks and make mistakes. Our job as a parent is to pick him up when he falls and lead him in the right direction.
Your son doesn’t need you to point out his limitations, he needs you to guide him to make the right choices in life. He needs you to see his possibilities. He needs you to encourage him as he faces daily struggles, pressures and criticism from society. He needs your comfort and help. He needs you to have realistic expectations and allow for mistakes. He needs your reassurance that you believe in him and love him unconditionally.
Take some time today to see your son as capable and complete. I’m learning to do the same every day.
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Originally appeared at Raising Great Men.com