You can inspire greatness in your child
But you can’t generate their motivation.
You can nurture your child’s confidence
But you can’t make their independence intimidate peer pressure.
You can make trust and faith pillars of your family values
But you can’t shield them from fear and blame when they are “in trouble”.
You can teach your kids how to use good judgment
But you can’t prevent them from being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
You can show them work ethic by your own example
But you can’t give them purpose and passion in their careers.
You can give your teenager I cell phone
But you can’t make them communicate.
You can model a positive attitude
But you can’t give them resiliency when they face life’s challenges.
You can correct their homework
But you can’t make them double check their work on a test.
You can show them the connection between luck and opportunity
But you can’t make them realize that luck seeks the well prepared.
You can provide a safety net
But then they will never become truly independent.
You can be a great parent
But you won’t be there for them forever.
The best that you can hope for…
As a parent, you are the supervising manager of your young children’s lives
But what you really want when they become adults is to be hired back as a consultant