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One of the most profound quotes I’ve ever read about children is from Margaret Mead who says “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” This makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? But it is obviously a statement that is easier said than done. In many societies where a sense of accomplishment is directly tied to a person’s career choice, material wealth or even physical attributes; it is a real possibility that parents may inadvertently place unfair expectations squarely on the shoulders of their precious children. Most parents do not set out to consciously behave in a way to make their kids feel the pressure to aspire to become what WE as parents desire them to become, but somewhere along the way, it does happen from time to time.
It is a really tricky thing, you know, because as parents we want to motivate and inspire our kids in becoming their very best selves; but learning how not to cross that thin line of pushing and pressuring them to the point where they are not aspiring to reach their own goals but instead solely trying to please their parents.
Well, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, a Clinical Psychologist and author of the popular book, “The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children”, broke down this very subject for parents into digestible pieces with humor and remarkable insight in the clip below. For the sake of full disclosure, her book is one still on my reading list that we are yet to get to but it is definitely a must read! Many of us first saw Dr. Shefali introduced on one of Oprah’s Life Class series on OWN TV!
Are you a “Conscious Parent”? Find out by watching Dr. Shefali’s profound and witty speech below!
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