Every parent wants their children to be extraordinary – to stand out in the crowd for their accomplishments and character. Everyone wants to raise uncommon kids.
I’m no different.
But raising uncommon kids takes uncommon effort. It’s not something that happens over night, but something that happens over a lifetime.
Common parents, like myself, need a roadmap to help us develop uncommon children. Thankfully there is one.
I used to believe that I was the only woman who struggled with my identity as a wife and mother. Since my marriage, I’ve wanted to embrace the new role I’d been given – homemaker. But part of me has always wanted more.
When I read the description of this book, I knew I had to read and review it.
Emily was telling my story.
I don’t know about you, but motherhood isn’t exactly what I envisioned it to be. Growing up, I thought I had it all figured out. I was always good with kids, getting them to comply and do what I wanted them to do. As a teacher, I was able to motive my students and encourage them to great heights. I thought I had this parenting thing in the bag.
Boy was I wrong.
Children are naturally gullible. They will believe everything said to them, and sometimes it is fun to lead them along and see how far the deception can go.
But at what cost?
Trust is a fragile thing. Once the tender threads of trust are broken, they are not easily mended.
When I was a little girl, I honestly believed my mom knew everything. She perpetuated the belief, reminding me often when she was right about something. I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world to have such an amazing mother.
Then I discovered she wasn’t omniscient and my whole world fell apart.
My son’s tears course down his cheeks and it’s my fault. My heart hurts. I gave into frustration and lost my temper. My raised voice wounded this precious child.
Before giving birth, I had this whole parenting thing figured out. I taught preschool for years. I knew how to motivate children to do right.
Or so I thought.