Passion Detectives – The Secret Role of Parents

 

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. - Steve Jobs

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. – Steve Jobs

The past couple weeks have really got me noticing the importance of following your passions and how significant that is for parents to model to, and cultivate, in their kids.

If you think about it, a baby comes into the world basically a clean slate, unprogrammed computer, or unmolded piece of clay – choose your favorite analogy, or replace them with one of your own. Bottom line is they are completely unaware of and unfamiliar with what the options are that exist in the world. It is through their experiences in life – what they are exposed to by others (like their family, friends, schools, media, etc.) – that they start to see what the world they live in is all about.

This is where the amazing and powerful role of parenting comes in! It is an honor we are given to be able to introduce them to the amazing things in the world and then to observe their interests.

When we do this, their interests and passions guide them, and us, as parents, to what they really love and would be happy to pursue further, thus laying a foundation of a higher probability of happiness and success for the rest of their lives.

When they are supported in pursuing these interests, they are not only happier, but they tend to gain more confidence while developing their skills and abilities in those areas, which then carries over into other areas of their life. This then leads to sharing those amazing gifts with the world!

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It is usually the people that are bold enough to pursue their passions, despite setbacks that really bring astounding and beneficial creations into the world. Think of Steve Jobs, The Beatles, Mother Teresa, Michael Angelo, Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and so many more. They believed and trusted in their passions even when others did not, and even when times were very difficult they did not give up.

I highly recommend doing things on a regular basis that keep us inspired and motivated ourselves, like watching the Stanford Graduation speech given by Steve Jobs a few years ago (access it here), where he tells the graduates to “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” I think this is really about keeping the mind of a child in many ways. Stay curious, stay adventurous, stay willing to make a mistake and keep on trying – especially if it is something you love, or something you truly believe in. This helps to keep us happier, more inspired, more loving to those in our lives, and creates the best model for babies and children to be inspired by, as well as everyone else around us.

What is something you love but haven’t done in awhile that you could do this week?   What have you noticed your kids or loved ones really enjoying that you could do with them or support them in doing?

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do, it makes a better world one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

 

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