Are you leading your family or just managing it?
17.12.09 | Posted in Parenting
I had an interesting revelation during a session with my coach this week. In the same way I want to lead my businesses (and not manage them), I want to lead my family (and not manage them).
In the short time of parenting my daughter, I’ve intuited that the best influence I can have is to be a role model for her. My skill is not to sit on the floor for hours while she experiments with blocks and toys; nor is it to mash up bananas for her morning tea. Others can do that better than I can. What I hope she learns from me is how to treat others; how to be generous and compassionate; and how to make the most of every situation.
I go to great lengths to always be positive around her and to make every moment count. I want to make every interaction with her fun and uplifting and I know that I can’t achieve that if I’m with her every moment of the day. When she gets me, she gets the absolute best version of me.
Being a parent is such a privilege and if we strive to be the best role model we can, and if we work to our strengths (yours may be mashing bananas!), then I reckon we can’t go wrong. We all know that children make great mimics and take everything in. They love to copy our behaviours and will adopt our views and opinions. This video is super powerful.