Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Don’t Prepare the Path for the Kids…

The other day at synagogue, my soon-to-be 8 year old daughter came to me and asked for help in getting some of the food from reception table.

I was chatting with my friends and said to her, “I think an almost 8 year old can get her own food from the table. Solve the problem.”

She walked away.

I’m sure the NFO would have handled it differently, but I believe that parenthood is about planned obsolescence.

Ephraim, with whom I was chatting, was supportive.

He said, (and I don’t think it’s his original quote, but it’s a good one and I heard it from him first):

“Our job is to help prepare them for the path, not prepare the path for them.”

Spot on.

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