Courage to Run the Race
Typically, when we see a young athlete making headlines during the Olympics, we also hear the story of how much she and her family have sacrificed to make it happen. These superstars often leave home at early ages to seek the best training. But U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin, who racked up medal after medal in London at the tender age of seventeen, has a different story. She still lives at home with her parents, still swims for her high school, and is still coached by the hometown coach she found at age seven. The Franklins weren’t afraid to deviate from the championship script. And guess what? It turned out just fine. Gold medal fine.
When you’re faced with a parenting decision, do you have the courage to do what you know is best for your child, regardless of the expectations of others? It may mean delaying their getting a phone or driver’s license in sync with their peers, or postponing their departure for college away from home. It may mean saying “no” to media choices that other parents are perfectly comfortable with. Our kids are counting on us to do what’s best for each of them, as individuals. So run the parenting race with courage, and these four principles.