The investment is paying off!

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.

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