Monday, September 3, 2012

Teach Them To Fish

Teach Them To Fish
A New Series on Equipping Your Kids

We've all heard the Chinese Proverb about teaching a man to fish. I love that the only two options are give or teach. The lesson here is that doing something for someone has a short term impact. But teaching someone how to do the something can impact them for a lifetime.

I think there is a huge lesson here for parents. We miss teachable moments with our kids because we are looking for short term benefits. But putting off these teachable moments are only going to lead to frustration. We can't expect our kids to simply absorb life skills.

I know I don't want my kids to go off to college not knowing how to do laundry. My hope is to send them off into this world with some basic skills so that they can take care of themselves. It is our role as parents to equip our children with these skills. Too often I find myself doing for my kids rather than teaching them how to do for themselves. It's a vicious cycle I like to call the mom mode. We get in mom mode and just start doing and doing and doing and we don't know when to stop. Sometimes we don't even want to stop because we can do faster and better.

Well, the buck stops here! I'd like to invite you on a path with me of equipping our children. I am certainly not going to teach them to fish (worms-yuck!) but I am going to begin laying the foundation for them to be independent. Don't you think for a second that homeschooling and helicopter parenting go hand in hand. 

Each week I am going to share with you a new life skill to teach your kids. If your kids are 5 and over, you will want to jump in with us. Some skills will need to be done with adult help at first and others will need adult supervision for many years to come. The goal is to lay a foundation so you're kids will be equipped and feel empowered. 

Come along for a journey as we TEACH THEM TO FISH!


You Can Do It!

1 comment:

  1. I'm excited for this series! I am guilty of going into Mom Mode and doing way more for my kids than is necessary. While it may simpler in the short term, it only seems to lead to frustration, stress, and even a bit of resentment in the long run.