What kind of person are you raising your child to be?

by Donovan Grant on July 2, 2012

What kind of person are you raising your child to be?

By: Donovan Grant

Parents all around the world are being faced with empty bedrooms, empty laundry baskets and empty cars.

As I connect with mums and dads in their mission of raising their children for success, there is ONE thing that often comes up…. and it causes a ton of sleepless nights.

You see, there comes a time when that child grows into a young adult right under your nose and they decide it’s time to leave the nest. One of the hardest things for parents is the struggle of how to help and when to get out of the way.

More than anything else it comes down to how well you have raised them, what view you have given them of the “outside world” and how much faith you have that you’ve done all you can do for them.

This past Saturday we went to celebrate our eldest daughter graduating from Cambridge University. She achieved a Masters and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. 9 out of 10 people have asked us the question “mechanical engineering… isn’t that something that boys normally study?”

Traditionally, “yes”; but some traditions have been thrown out of the window.

Anja was raised as a believer and an achiever. She was raised to think first and then take action to get a result. She is both free spirited and focused; an interesting blend.

She has recently secured a position as an Analysis Engineer in the field of renewable energy with a large international firm. She will be living and working away from home in Norway and flying the banner high for all the young ladies who have been told “girls can’t do that!”  This young lady is such a blessing to us and is definitely the product of hard work and many answered prayers.

My deepest desire is for all three of our children to believe in God, believe in their parents and ultimately to believe in themselves. Their success in any area of life wil not happen due to luck or chance. At the end of the day it will be because they continued to live by their own moral standards and they stayed true to what they believed in.

I’ve raised three children and worked with countless others to overcome obstacles, achieve their goals and develop good characters. It’s been a privilege to develop my skills so that I can serve members of the community to become whatever they want to be.

As a parent, I have to be honest and admit that NOTHING. I mean it… NOTHING, excites me more, than raising my two girls and son to be loving, to be bold and to be who God designed them to be.

What kind of person are you raising your child to be?

From my heart to yours, 

Donovan Grant

Donovan Grant is a coach, mentor, blogger, speaker and IT professional who brings his wisdom of parenting for the last 21 years and coaching clients through the stages of raising youth and empowering leaders with life lessons that are changing generations.  He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Actively doing so as a catalyst for many years he teaches how to live a life of success, balance, integrity and fun, whether at work or at play. www.donovangrant.com 

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  • I love your commitment to your family.  Congratulations to your daughter on her Masters in Mechanical Engineering.  Good for her!

  • I agree with Pat – I love your commitment to your family! And congratulations to your daughter. Well done!

  • Congratulations Donovan. That’s a high achiever…Cambridge University and Mechanical Engineering. She has good genes and great parents. What a great way to start a career plus the advantages of international travels.

  • Donovan Grant

    Thanks so much Claudia. She has done very well and you know- ever since she was born we have been taking her away on holiday abroad so I guess it’s no surprise she wishes to start her career further afield. At least we hav a new holiday destination now!

  • Thank you Anastasiya. Families mean so much to us and to see the fruits of hard work, commitment and fun is really a pleasure.

  • Hey Pat, thanks for popping by. I appreciate the kind sentiments too, my wife and I are so happy that Anja has stayed the course and achieved what she chose to do.

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