Are you parenting your child to TRY? Let them go big!
For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 31:14
Are you in the habit of encouraging your child to TRY?
Last year, my 22-year-old daughter ran her first half-marathon. Perhaps it might not have been such a big deal if my daughter loved to run or had been running for many years. But the truth of the matter is that my daughter hates to run. And, in fact, when she signed up to participate, I asked her why?
Her answer? Just because. Because it’s something she wanted to conquer.
I love that spirit in her. I love that she tried something new, something hard, something that is way, way, way out of her comfort zone. I don’t care that she didn’t come in near the front–she grew stronger just by pushing herself. In my mind, she still comes out on top.
And after conquering that first try, she began conquering more as she began doing crossfit and eventually competing.
What do you do when your child comes to you and says, I want to try…..? Maybe it’s something rather outrageous and your instinct is to laugh. Unless it’s something truly dangerous or unaffordable, try to hold the laughter back and listen. Listen to why she wants to try, why he wants to push himself.
And then, let your child try. Because honestly, the strength comes in trying. The strength comes in pushing. The strength doesn’t come from winning first or second or third place. The strength comes from doing something you thought you couldn’t do and for my daughter that something was finishing a half marathon and placing in crossfit competitions.
The strength comes from working through the process,from trying one’s very best, no matter what the outcome.
Let’s be parents that encourage a generation of try-ers!