A metaphoric view of parenting.
A child being born into the world is an empty glass. As parents we hold that over the edge of a cliff. It is our job to guide that glass down to the waters of life, so that it may be filled.
Some people are really good at sending the glass over the cliff. These people are able to gently guide it, down safe paths of the slope. Ever so carefully, they watch to ensure that the glass does not chip, crack or shatter before reaching the waters.
Others struggle as they watch their glass full. They hold it too far out from the cliff and can only watch. They watch with horror, cringing and broken hearted, every time that the glass tumbles and collides with the cliff walls. In horror they watch as their glass chips, and loses pieces, as it cracks and shatters into the waters of life.
Soome parents can let that glass go over the cliff with minimal guidance, the glass may get a few chips at the top, but it will still be able to hold the water.
Raising our children is like watching that glass. some children get into adulthood, whole and ready to be filled, while others are broken and shattered before they even hit the water. Raising children is very hard work… especially when the cliff is so high.
Published in: Apartment Living