Over the past few years, I’ve tried to take my (almost) teenager to breakfast (almost) every week. Most of the time, I am not sure it is making any difference. I try to have one key quality that I hope to instill in him and talk about that over breakfast. Lately we’ve been talking about the Golden Rule and empathy. (Something that I don’t think most people, let alone teenagers grasp).
This past week, he came to me and confided in me a decision he was considering. I was so proud that of him in many ways. I was excited that he had considered different perspective. I was excited that he came to me BEFORE he made the decision. I was excited that he trusted me enough to know I would guide him and support him, not try to control him.
My big takeaway from this is that I need to continue to intentionally pour into my kids, even when it doesn’t seem to matter.