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September 3, 2014

Being Put in Your Place

Image: Flickr/Tom Conger

Image: Flickr/Tom Conger

“It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.” (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

No one is perfect. We know this; our kids know this. Then why is it so hard to even think about admitting our imperfections to our children?

It can feel like we’re undermining our authority, but that’s not really true. When your kids bust you on something that you know is accurate, you do them (and yourself) a great disservice by dismissing it out of hand. You end up causing them to doubt their instincts (which were dead on), and you miss an opportunity to grow.

Kids see through our smoke screens, and, if you can muster up the humility to allow them put you in your place, you might learn some amazing things about yourself.

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