Week 2 Theme:
What Parenting Is
Day 1 Point:
Life is Good
Consider this, thinking that life is bad is the worst suffering anyone can go through.
In other words, two people who are suffering, regardless of the “objective” reality of who is suffering worse. The one who feels better off, will be in a better state in just about every aspect of life.
Therefore, when your children think they are suffering, that is not a light issue no matter how out of reality their complaints may be.
It’s important to realize, children don’t always really mean what they say and figuring out when they really feel they are suffering more than anyone else is a real trick. But, nevertheless, under-appreciating a child who feels left out, discriminated against, abused or in more pain than everyone else (even though the reality is that he/she is doing better than most), will have catastrophic results.
Make sure your children appreciate how worse others live and how lucky they are. Don’t wait till the crisis to point out that not having a bicycle is not the end of the world.