Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Parenting Adult Children (can we still do that?)

The question on my mind is this: What does it mean to be a parent to adult children; what is our role, our responsibility (do we have any?), and our place in their lives? Are these issues that we, the parent determine, or are they determined for us by the adult child?

I don’t presume to have the answers to these questions, but I think about what I try to be, and what I hope I am to my children.

A source of unequivocal and unconditional love and respect.

A reminder of a shared history and the important role of the family their lives.

A tireless supporter and cheerleader for all of their endeavors.

An inspiration and a muse, to uncover and nurture their creative potential.
An example of how they can pursue their dreams and aspirations without fear. .

A source of comfort and assurance whenever they need it.

The more I think about this the more I realize that this list could go on forever, as it should!

What do you think?

1 comment:

amy_renzulli said...

What do I think? I love it! the list is too short, please go on! I am so lucky to have a father like you. I love you, Dad.