As parents we never stop learning. Something I have come to embrace with a reverence. Yet, it can be hard at times to recognize our own behaviors and interactions with our kids, especially when we are so emotionally connected to our children. Which is what makes this clip from NBC’s Parenthood so incredibly beautiful, and incredibly insightful.
This is such a wonderful example of empowered parenting. Certainly worth a few minutes of viewing time.
Set-up of scene: Conversation after mom Sarah imposed her opinions on her daughter Amber regarding her musical talent.
Here is the dialogue…
When you have kids, if you have kids, there is something you should know – very confusing thing they don’t tell you. You see so much of yourself in them. You see your ironic take on the world, you see your smile, your walk, your sense of humor, whatever. And you think they’re you, but they’re not you, and they shouldn’t have all of your baggage, your fear and your insecurity, and your life experience because that’s not fair. They have their own. Your song is beautiful. It’s haunting, and moving and it’s so you, and that’s all I should have said the other night. I’m so proud, and I’m so impressed, and I’m so….in awe of you, and I want you to just go out there and fly. You can fly.
-Parenthood, Season 2, Episode 12
It’s been said that learning is a gift even when pain is your teacher, and there is so much to learn through the growing pains of parenting. We may not always be a success with our children, however, keep in mind, learning from success is important – but learning from failure is vital to our success. Be grateful for the teaching. 🙂
Today is the day! Enjoy the journey!